Rainbow Wahine top Seasiders

Rainbow Wahine top Seasiders

WAIPAHU, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's soccer fell 2-0 to the University of Hawaii on Thursday night at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.

Natalie Reynolds and Kristine Reynolds led the Seasiders (0-3-1) with two shots each. Kate Gurney and Jessica Smith each contributed a shot on goal as well.

BYU-Hawaii totaled seven shots, three of which were on goal. Dani Crawford led the Rainbow Wahine (2-6-1) with two shots and a goal, while Hawaii finished with 14 total shots and five on frame.

The first half was a defensive slugfest between the two squads, but Crawford broke open the scoring in the 14th minute. After a shot went off the post Crawford found herself in the right spot to put the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

The teams combined for a total of five shots with only one on frame in the first half.

Both teams picked up the pace in the second half with shots by both teams that were unable to find the mark. Hawaii found the back of the net again after a corner from TJ Reyno found Lidia Battaglia inside the box for a 2-0 lead in the 80th minute.

The Seasiders tried to counter quickly to cut the lead back to one with shots on goal from Jessica Smith and Kate Gurney, but goalkeeper Monk Berger kept a clean sheet with two saves.

BYU-Hawaii women's soccer returns home for a game against Academy of Art in its Pacific West Conference opener on Monday at 12:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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