DAVIS, Calif. - The University of Hawai'i women's soccer team picked up a crucial road win with a 2-0 decision over UC Davis Thursday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field. It was UH's first-ever Big West road win (1-6-1) and kept the Rainbow Wahine in the hunt for a berth in next month's Big West Tournament.
UH (7-7, 2-3 Big West) got a pair of goals in a two-minute span late in the second half to pull of the victory. Tiana Fujimoto came to the team's rescue once again with the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute. That was followed by an own goal by UC Davis just 120 seconds later to give the Rainbow Wahine a 2-0 cushion with just 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
It was the team-leading ninth goal of the season for Fujimoto, who has scored in each of the last three matches. The junior has tallied six game-winning goals this year and has been the hero in UH's last four wins with a goal either late in the match or in overtime.
Fujimoto scored on a rebound shot in traffic after freshman striker Kama Pascua sent a shot off the UC Davis (3-7-1, 0-2-1) post. UH got on the board again moments later when freshman Ryan Daniel sent in a cross from the flank that deflected off an Aggie defender just inside the far post.
Monk Berger got the start in goal for UH and registered six saves. The teams ended the match deadlocked in shots with 14 each.
UH has now won two of its last three Big West matches after starting off 0-2 in league play. The top four teams qualify for the Big West Tournament in Fullerton, Calif., next month.
The Rainbow Wahine next head south for a meeting with Long Beach State on Sunday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. HT).