Pacific women's soccer (2-4-0) fell to Hawaii (3-1-0) today, 5-0, at Knoles Field.
Hawaii tallied four goals in the opening 45 minutes and a fifth in the second half to see off the Tigers. Junior midfielder Sigrid Aas led the way with four shots, two of which were on goal.
In case you missed it:
- Pacific nearly scored in the second minute when freshman Isabella Pariente tried to chip Hawaii's goalkeeper who was off of her line. Pariente's shot barely missed and hit the post.
- In the seventh minute, Hawai'i's McKenzie Moore scored her team's first goal. Natalie Daub had the assist.
- In the 15th minute, Hawai'i's Raisa Strom-Okimoto scored on a goal that was assisted by Cristina Drossos, who fed Strom-Okimoto on a through ball.
- In the 17th minute, Hawai'i's Daelen Tokunaga scored her team's third goal. It was assisted by Leialoha Medeiros who found Tokunaga on a through pass.
- In the 17th minute, sophomore Kayla Pak made her season debut when she entered the game as a substitute. She missed the season's first five games through injury.
- In the 30th minute, Drossos scored Hawai'i's fourth goal off of a corner kick from Izzy Deutsch, who earned the assist.
- In the 43rd minute, sophomore forward Ariana Cardenas came on as a substitute to make her collegiate debut for the Tigers.
- Hawai'i tallied nine shots in the first half to Pacific's eight. The Tigers earned more corners than Hawai'i at 3-1.
- In the 66th minute, Hawai'i scored its fifth and final goal when Leialoha Medeiros scored her second of the game. Sarah Lau had the assist.
- Pacific took five shots in the final 15 minutes and earned a corner kick. Three of Aas's team-leading four shots came in the final quarter-hour of play.
- Freshman Beth Burgess and redshirt senior Bianca Lopez were second on the team in shots with two.
- Pacific tallied 13 shots in the contest, Hawai'i took 16.
Coach Scroope's thoughts:
"It was not our day. You could tell that Hawaii had an extra day off and we didn't. We didn't come out to play today."
Who do you look for to step up in games like this one?
"I think days and moments like this are tough when you're young. Once they scored quickly and it got out of hand, we went straight to our younger kids to see what they could offer us. It's hard in soccer because once the score gets away from you, you're out of it. I took this moment as a teaching opportunity. We put our younger kids out there and talked them through the game and tried to get them to see how we should switch and how we should be marking in the midfield."
What are your thoughts looking forward to Cal State Northridge?
"Hawai'i is usually in the bottom of the Big West and Cal State Northridge is at the top of the Big West. We know what adjustments to make. It's rough right now for us. We've been on the road for two weeks and we knew a day like this was coming. We're happy that it happened now and not in Conference though. The adjustments are quite simple. We've got to figure out our markings in the midfield, especially with the number of young players we have in midfield. We've just got to make our adjustments and move forward."
You guys have played good teams early on, but haven't scored consistently. What needs to change?
"I don't think it's a matter of us not scoring consistently. We have a lot of young kids putting shots on the board. If we weren't getting shots, I'd be concerned, but that's not the case. It's still early in the season and we're depending on freshmen and sophomores who have not played. The goals are coming. When they do, watch out for us."
Next up: Pacific hosts Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. on Friday at Knoles Field. Admission to all home soccer events is free.