Orchard and McCarthy power Seasiders past Vulcans

Orchard and McCarthy power Seasiders past Vulcans

HILO, Hawaii – Kate Orchard and Rebekah McCarthy each tallied goals to lead BYU-Hawaii women's soccer to a 2-0 victory over Hawaii Hilo on Thursday.

Kelsey East (3-3-1) recorded her third shutout for BYU-Hawaii (3-6-2, 2-3-1 PacWest) with three saves. McCarthy led the Seasider attack with two shots and one goal. Kate Orchard added the other goal and an assist for the Seasiders. BYU-Hawaii finished with eight shots while Hilo (3-4-3, 2-4 PacWest) totaled five.

Jessica Smith found Orchard on a cross into the middle of the box in the 21st minute and Orchard put it home to give BYU-Hawaii the 1-0 lead they would need to win the game.

Orchard returned the favor in the 42nd minute finding McCarthy on a similar cross into the box. McCarthy was able to get her foot on it to close the half with a 2-0 lead.

The game was a defensive battle in the second half with Smith recording the Seasiders' only shot on goal in the second half, but Kailah Buchanan made the save for the Vulcans. BYU-Hawaii's back line also applied pressure allowing only one shot by Hilo's Cayla Velander in the 87th minute, but East made the save.

The Seasiders will play Holy Names on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online. 

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