[ UH SOCCER ]
Hawaii shooting to
set program record
The Hawaii soccer team is attempting to close out the Western Athletic Conference regular season with a 7-1 record as the Rainbow Wahine play San Jose State at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park Stadium today at 5 p.m.
With a first-round bye in the conference tournament wrapped up, a seventh league victory would be the most ever posted by a Rainbow Wahine team.
"By all means we want to win. We've got nothing to lose because our job is done, but we want to finish 7-1 in the WAC," said Hawaii coach Pinsoom Tenzing. "If we go out and play relaxed, then it will be a quality match."
Hawaii (12-4-1) will be gunning for its 13th overall win that would top the 12 victories rung up by the 1999 squad.
If the Wahine defeat the Spartans, it will be UH's sixth consecutive victory, tying the record set by the 1998 team that won its first six matches.
The Spartans (2-12, 1-4), interested observers at Friday's UH-Fresno State match, have lost three consecutive matches and 12 of their last 13. They have allowed an average of 4.4 goals per match while scoring less than once per match.
If the Spartans were to produce a major reversal in their season and win their final three matches, they would have a shot of being one of the six teams in the postseason tournament. They won't lack for motivation in today's match.
Hawaii has scored 43 goals while allowing 16 in 17 matches. The Wahine also are closing in on the single-season record of 49 goals scored, set a year ago.
Note: UH freshman striker Krisha Kai left Friday's match early in the second half with a sprained right knee and is doubtful for today's match.