Early Goal Gives Tigers Victory Over Hawaii

Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir. Photo by Keith Sanpei
Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir. Photo by Keith Sanpei

WAIPAHU, Hawaii - A goal in the tenth minute off the foot of Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir gave the Pacific women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Hawaii for their first win of the young 2017 season. 

The win propels the Tigers to 1-1-1 overall while the loss drops the Rainbow Wahine to 2-1-0.

The Tigers got on the board in the tenth minute on their first shot on the match as Samia Adam brought the ball up the left side and passed to Bryndís Rún Thórólfsdóttir near the top of the box, who fired the ball past the diving goalie towards the far right post for the score. 

Going the other way, Hawaii received a free kick about 20 yards out looking for the equalizer in the 17th minute. The Rainbow Wahine player sent the ball into the crowded box and Sonest Furtado shot a header towards the goal, however Regan Heslop got in front of the opportunity to preserve the lead. Right before the end of the half Heslop made another save, this time diving to her right, for one of her five saves in the first half. 

Hawaii opened up the second half with three shots in the first ten minutes of play, but the Tiger defense and Heslop continued to hold the lead. With just over 16 minutes to go the Rainbow Wahine were awarded a free kick about ten yards outside of the box. Tia Furuta's impending shot found the Tiger wall in front of the goal, keeping the host's scoreless. Like she did all night, Heslop added one more diving stop with less than a minute left in regulation to seal the victory.

Heslop was perfect between the posts for Pacific, logging eight saves which is just off her career-high of nine. Thórólfsdóttir netted her first collegiate goal, and Adam notched her third career assist in the victory.

The Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic wraps up this Saturday for Pacific against Seattle U at 10 PM PST. Live stats for this contest will be available.