University of Hawai'i women's soccer team went toe-to-toe with Long Beach State
for 110 minutes before the match ended in a 0-0 tie in double overtime. Coming
off its first-ever Big West road win at UC Davis on Thursday, UH (7-7-1, 2-3-1
Big West) earned a valuable point to remain in the mix of the Big West
UH battled from start to finish, particularly in the second half of regulation when the 49ers (8-5-2, 2-1-2 Big West) put heavy pressure on the Rainbow Wahine. Goalkeeper Monk Berger made the most critical play of the match in the second half, saving a LBSU penalty kick in the 69th minute. Berger got a piece of Mimi Rangel's attempt as the ball ricochet off the goal post. Berger also made a diving save in overtime on an LBSU breakaway to preserve the tie.
It was the second straight road shutout for Berger, who finished with five saves. The true freshman now has six shutouts on the season surpassing three others (Mahie Atay, Erin Chow and Kori Lu) in setting a new UH single-season record.
The 49ers out-shot UH 11-3 after halftime, including a 9-2 advantage in the second half of regulation. The teams combined for just three shots in 20 minutes of overtime, though two of the plays could have decided the match. Berger stuffed LBSU's breakaway, while UH had its best chance of the match thwarted when Kaci McCain made a diving save on Krystal Pascua's free kick.
This match was decidedly closer than the last two affairs in Long Beach, where the 49ers out-scored the Rainbow Wahine by a combined 8-0 count.
UH now returns home for its final two regular-season matches. First up is a meeting with UC Irvine on Thursday, Oct. 24. Kicoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
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