Star-Bulletin Sports

Sunday, September 23, 2001



Wahine lose physical match

By Al Chase

Lisa Gouveia scored two second-half goals to rally the Cal State Northridge Matadors to a 3-2 victory over Hawaii in a nonconference match at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium last night before 536 fans.

The match was physical with 41 fouls called and five yellow cards handed out by referee Richard Vasconcellos.

The Wahine outshot the Matadors, 17-6, but Gouveia took advantage of two defensive lapses to pull her teammates back from a 2-1 halftime deficit. Cal State Northridge improved to 5-0-1 for the year. Hawaii dropped to 3-2.

Hawaii had the better opportunities early with Liz Lusk, a surprise starter at striker, getting off three shots in the first 14 minutes.

Joelle Sugai pounded a weak clear into the left side of the net at 22:08, but it was the Matadors who struck first. They put pressure on the UH defense in the right corner. The Wahine were unable to clear the ball, giving away three consecutive throw-ins deep in their own territory.

On the fourth throw-in, CSN's Shannon DeVos sent a head-high cross toward the middle of the penalty box that Erin Broadwell redirected, slicing the ball into the back left-hander corner of the net at 24:19.

Hawaii needed less than three minutes to score the equalizer, ending the Matadors' season-opening streak of scoreless minutes at 539 and 38 seconds.

Jennifer Starsiak angled a pass from the right side to Arlene Devitt who beat CNS goalkeeper Jenny Willemse at 27:10. Three minutes later Devitt sent Veronica Flores through for an apparent goal, but the senior striker was ruled offside.

The match settled into a midfield struggle until Hawaii suddenly struck at 38:22. Tiffany Makue controlled a ball on the left side, passed back to Sugai who crossed to Tia Medeiros. The redshirt freshman from Baldwin changed the ball's flight path enough to score her first collegiate goal.

The Matadors tied the score at 2-2 early in the second half when Lisa Gouveia, left unmarked just inside the box, took a pass from Jennifer Fish and beat UH goalkeeper Jennifer Churchill with a low shot into the right corner.

Gouveia put the Matadors ahead at 61:47 when she was left in a one-on-one situation with a UH defender. Taking a long upfield pass, Gouveia accelerated past the lone defender and scored from 19 yards out.

The teams have a rematch Monday at 7 p.m. at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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