Rainbow Wahine soccer team falls 3-1 to WSU

Rainbow Wahine soccer team falls 3-1 to WSU

WAIPAHU, Oahu – Washington State scored a trio of  unanswered goals in the second half to take down the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine soccer team, 3-1,  in the Outrigger Resorts Soccer Classic Sunday at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. UH dropped to 2-4 on the season with its second straight loss to a Pac-12 squad.

Two days after being dispatched by defending national champion and No. 1 UCLA, the Rainbow Wahine looked to bounce back in a big way and through the first 55 minutes they were doing just that. UH got on the board in the first half and limited to the Cougars to just two shots in the first frame.

But the Cougars roared back with three straight goals in a 20-minute span—including a pair by Beau Bremer—to pull out the victory. WSU out-shot UH, 10-7, in the second half. With the win WSU (3-0-2) remained undefeated on the season and against UH in six all-time meetings.

UH got on the board in the 36th minute when Pascua sent a rocket of a shot from just above the penalty box that found the back of the net. It was Pascua's team-leading third goal of the season.

WSU responded in the 57th minute when Cara Wegner lofted a ball into the box to Bremer, who put in the equalizer from close range. Kaitlyn Johnson put the Cougars ahead in the 72nd minute with a hard shot from inside the penalty box. Bremer completed the scoring in the 76th minute when she pounced on a loose ball after UH goalkeeper saved a free kick by Mesa Owsley.

UCLA defeated No. 11 Pepperdine, 2-0, in the first match of the day to claim the tournament title.

The Rainbow Wahine next hit the road for four straight matches, beginning with a match-up against defending Big Sky champions Weber State on Friday, Sept. 12.