LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's soccer team gave a fantastic all-around effort, but one mistake gave Florida Tech a 1-0 victory.
"We played 90 minutes today and the girls played fantastic," BYU-Hawaii head coach Mark Davis said. "We had a slip up on a corner kick. Florida Tech is a very good team that knows how to win and made us pay the price."
The Panthers won a corner in the 75th minute and, after an initial deflection by a Seasider defender, Jazelle Richard grabbed the loose ball and put it high into the center of the net.
Florida Tech got off to a quick start in the first half maintaining possession and getting three shots off in the first five minutes of play. BYU-Hawaii responded beginning with a shot on frame by Emily Barfus in the 11th minute.
Things evened out from there with both defenses playing tight and making it hard for either team to get off a shot.
The Seasiders looked like were going to even things up when Barfus broke free and ran towards goal, but she was taken down in the box on a controversial tackle.
"We're going to bounce back against Cal State LA," Davis said. "I think we're ready and I think we're going to have a fantastic season."
The Seasiders will have a quick turnaround traveling to Hilo to play the Golden Eagles at 3 p.m. HST.