Seasiders fall late to Vulcans

Pawel Dregan advances the ball against Northwest Nazarene
Pawel Dregan advances the ball against Northwest Nazarene

HILO, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's soccer gave up a goal in the final minutes of the second overtime period, as Hilo took the 1-0 victory on Thursday afternoon's game.

In the 103rd minute, the Vulcans' (2-9, 1-5 PacWest) Cristian Ruelas found the head of Scott Hill on a corner kick and the ball found the back of the net to end the game.

Hawaii Hilo found their rhythm first and were awarded with a corner in the first three minutes of the game, but BYU-Hawaii (4-7, 2-4 PacWest) was able to control the situation and responded with a couple of corner kicks from Mason Reid and a shot by Besser Davila that went above the frame.

Moments later, Conner Miles and Pawel Dregan had three goal scoring opportunities, forcing the Hilo goal tender, Dixon Cassidy, to make the needed saves to keep it a scoreless tie 25 minutes into the first half.

Jake Epplette showed his skills in the net with saves in the 37th and 40th minutes of the game and sending the game to halftime in a 0-0 tie.

Scoring opportunities were sparse in the second half.  Hawaii Hilo managed to get some shots off, but none of them found the frame.  Shots on goal by Kyle Oertel and Jershon Baldomero in the 66th and 79th minute respectively were the closest BYU-Hawaii came to score, but both shots were saved by the Vulcan keeper.

It wasn't until the 83rd minute that Epplette was once again utilized to make another save keeping the game scoreless.

The Vulcan keeper was subject to two more shots from Brando Barron and Brody Berry forcing another two saves late into regulation time sending the game into overtime.

BYU-Hawaii faces Holy Names on Saturday at 3 p.m. HST at BYU-Hawaii Soccer Field. Live stats will be available online.

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