Seasiders jump out quickly to defeat Sharks

Seasiders jump out quickly to defeat Sharks

KANEOHE, Hawaii – Jace Green scored for the fifth consecutive match as BYU-Hawaii men's soccer defeated Hawaii Pacific 2-1 on Friday at Atherton Field.

"I was happy with how we played and executed our game plan today," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mark Davis said. "We know exactly what we're going to get in a game against HPU. It's always a good game and things can be pretty wild and crazy."

Green scored his sixth goal since the team returned to the islands and he added his second assist during that time frame. Chris Pineda made five saves and held the Sharks (7-5-1, 5-2-0 PacWest) scoreless until the 87th minute.

In the eighth minute, Romy Lakip sent a high ball from the midfield line to Green who finished to give the Seasiders (5-5-2, 5-1-1 PacWest) the lead.

Two minutes later, a nice combination play between Zak Epplette, Green and Pawel Dregan set up a pretty goal where Dregan beat the keeper with a low shot to make it 2-0 in favor of BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders back line was stout throughout the first half not allowing the Sharks a single shot on frame.

Heavy rain and increased pressure from Hawaii Pacific started to open the field more for the final 30 minutes of the game as the Sharks got off nine shots including all six of their shots on goal. Jackson Groves finally broke through for Hawaii Pacific with a finish in the box in the 87th minute to avoid the shutout.

BYU-Hawaii will head back on the road next week to take on Academy of Art on Thursday at 11 a.m. PDT. Live Stats will be available online.

 

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