Late goal lifts Sharks past Seasiders

Late goal lifts Sharks past Seasiders

WAIPAHU, Hawaii – Freshman forward Natalie Reynolds equalized late, but BYU-Hawaii women's soccer was unable to hang on in a 2-1 loss to Hawaii Pacific on Thursday afternoon at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park.

The Seasiders (0-2) provided plenty of offensive pressure with 12 shots and five on frame, while the Sharks (1-2) put six of their 10 shots on goal.

Hawaii Pacific broke a late tie when Erika Ellis received a ball inside the box and beat the keeper for the game winner in the 83rd minute.

Hawaii Pacific found its offensive rhythm early on in the game with a corner kick that found Sara Romo's head, but BYU-Hawaii's goal tender Daryl Kafusi (0-2) made the expert save. The Sharks continued to pressure and were rewarded Noelle Mercado's go-ahead-goal in the tenth minute of the first half.

The Seasiders countered with offensive pressure of their own earning two corners from Jessica Smith, but they were unable to find the back of the net as Kala Brundige's shot was saved by Kelby Boswell (2-2) to keep Hawaii Pacific on top going into the half.

BYU-Hawaii began the attack in the second half with a shot on frame by Natalie Lewis that was saved, but Hawaii Pacific was able to counter with a few shots on net of its own. In the 75th minute, a hopeful shot from Natalie Reynolds hit the post, but sparked a BYU-Hawaii counter attack that included two corner kicks from Smith, two shots on goal from Warner and Kate Orchard, and another couple from Natalie Lewis.

The Seasiders attack was finally rewarded in the 78th minute, when a shot from Michelle Saunders hit the post and rebounded to find Reynolds who put it into the back of the net to tie the game for the Seasiders.

BYU-Hawaii will face off with Hawaii-Hilo on Saturday at 12gxcn nb p.m. HST at the BYU-Hawaii soccer fields. Live stats will be available online.

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