Playing in heavy rain Oct. 12
at Atherton Field at the Hawai‘i Loa campus, HPU’s
Gabe Sugar drew first blood, scoring in the 30th minute of
the match, but BYU-H’s Michael Akinaka answered by scoring
off a free kick in the 36th minute. Although HPU out shot the
Seasiders 25 to 17, the BYU-H goalkeepers made 11 saves compared
to HPU’s 5. In the 56th minute of the game, BYUH’s
Kamuela Kamoe took advantage of a corner kick by teammate Joshua
Barney to score the game-winning goal, ending HPU’s two-game
winning streak with a score of 1-0.
Two days later, the Sea Warriors sought to avenge their loss
at the Seasiders’ home field in La‘ie. Both teams
were relatively even in the first half, but the Seasiders’ offense
picked up in the second, firing18 shots on goal compared to the
Sea Warriors’ 8.
HPU’s Christian Nilsson, determined to defend his net,
saved eight shots in the game. The teams went into double overtime
but neither was able to score, giving the Sea Warriors their
second tie of the season.
Watch next issue for a roundup of the Sea Warriors’ final
conference games. And don’t forget your team at the season
ender, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, against the Chaminade Silverswords
at Chaminade University.