LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's soccer mounted a late comeback, but ultimately fell 2-1 to Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday at BYU-Hawaii soccer field.
Meghan Cooley led Hawai Pacific (8-9, 5-7 PacWest) with five shots, two of which were on frame. Sara Romo was another shot leader for the Sharks with three total, two on goal, and one goal.
The teams' two goalies, Kelsey East (5-5-2) for BYU-Hawaii and Lauren Spencer (4-3) for Hawaii Pacific, had five saves each. The Sharks recorded only one more shot, 15, than the Seasiders' 14.
An early goal three minutes in by Hawaii Pacific's Romo on a cross to the center of the box by Noelle Mercado put the Sharks up 1-0.
BYU-Hawaii attempted to close the gap with a shot by midfielder Katie Call, but it was saved by Hawaii Pacific's goalie Lauren Spencer.
Hawaii Pacific's Breanna Gaddis extended the Sharks lead to two on another perfect cross by Mercado into the box.
A shot by freshman Kate Gurney was blocked later on in the half and a header shot by sophomore Ansley Warner was saved.
Later on in the half, a header shot by sophomore Ansley Warner was saved, and a corner kick by Natalie Reynolds provided a header shot opportunity for fellow freshman Natalie Lewis but to no avail as HPU entered the half with the 2-0 lead.
The Seasiders came out strong in the second half as freshman forward Jessica Smith scored BYU-Hawaii's first goal of the game on a through ball from Brena Jarvis. This is Smith's second goal of the season.
A pair of shots from Reynolds and another one from Smith attempted to even out the score, but the Sharks' defense held strong to take the victory.
BYU-Hawaii women's soccer will conclude their season this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on their home field against Chaminade University. Live stats will be available online.