WAIPIO, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer was unable comeback in a 2-1 loss to Hawaii Pacific on Thursday at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park.
The Sharks (1-2) pushed the offensive pressure and were rewarded with 12 shots, including four on frame. Defensively they held the Seasiders (0-2) to seven total shots with only one on frame.
Hawaii Pacific seized control of the momentum and the game when a cross in from Erik Keemsies found Christophe Campbell in a scrum in front of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute.
The Sharks pressured quickly with three shots in the first eight minutes of the game. BYU-Hawaii's Jake McRae was able to loose a shot in the eighth minute, but the ball sailed wide.
Midway through the first half, the Seasiders applied pressure after a yellow card on the Sharks resulting in a corner kick in the 26th minute. Pawel Dregan took the corner and found McRae in the box, but he was unable to find the back of the net as the game remained tied.
After their goal to end the half, the Sharks maintained the momentum early in the second when Josch Cuerten scored in the 58th minute for a 2-0 lead.
Steven Rodriguez entered the game in the 63rd minute and made an immediate impact taking the ball away at the top of the box after a mishandled ball from the Hawaii Pacific defense and found the back of the net to close the gap to one goal.
Dregan and McRae each had opportunities to equalize, but their shots were unable to find the mark as the Sharks held on for the victory.
BYU-Hawaii returns to the pitch on Saturday for a home game against Hawaii-Hilo at 2:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.