Another game at home, another clean sheet for Monk Berger, and another win for the Hawai‘i women’s soccer team. That was the script executed by the Rainbow Wahine on Thursday night as they took a 2-0 win over UC Riverside to snap a 10-game conference losing streak and improve to 8-3-1 overall, 1-2 in the Big West, and 6-0-1 at home this season.
Berger needed just two saves for her fifth shutout of the season, and fourth at home. Offensively, Addie Steiner had her second two-goal game of the season, her first goal coming with just two seconds remaining in the first half after a pass from Tia Furuta led to a breakaway opportunity.
The score remained 1-0 until the 89th minute, when Sarah Lau’s pass left Steiner wide open once again, and a quick move at the top of the box shook UC Riverside goalkeeper Annie Bailey, leaving Steiner all alone to ice the game. It was Steiner’s team-best seventh goal of the season.
“You’ve got to give Riverside a lot of credit,” UC Riverside said. “They came in with a game plan and they stuck to it. They high-pressured us in the middle of the field and it was just one of those games where we showed a lot of grit and determination. Getting the goal in the last 10 seconds of the first half, and then the closing minutes of the second half, it’s a true statement of how good this team can be.”
Hawai‘i owned a 13-4 advantage in shots in the game, but just a 4-2 edge in shots on goal. Corner kicks favored UC Riverside, 7-3.
Steiner finished with three shots in the game, all on frame, including her two goals. Raisa Strom-Okimoto also tallied three shots, while Furuta added two.
The Rainbow Wahine continue their four-game home-stand on Sunday when they welcome UC Davis for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
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