Seasiders hold off Vulcans

Seasiders hold off Vulcans

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's soccer held off a late rally in a 2-1 victory over Hawaii Hilo Thursday at the BYU-Hawaii soccer field.

Sydney Eddy recorded four shots and scored one goals for BYU-Hawaii (5-6-2, 4-4-1 PacWest). Mackenzie Moore and Rebekah McCarthy each had an assist.

Hawaii Hilo's (2-6-4, 0-5-4 PacWest) only goal came unassisted from Abcde Zoller on her lone shot.

The Seasiders had 13 total shots and six on goal, while the Vulcans recorded five and four, respectively. Hawaii Hilo ended with four saves and BYU-Hawaii finished with three.

Eddy and Sydney Richards started the game with shots for BYU-Hawaii, but they were unable to find the back netting. Hawaii Hilo's Tiera Arakawa followed with a shot on goal that Seasider keeper Jaylie Jensen (3-4-1) saved in the 21st minute. Bean responded with back-to-back shots, one hit the crossbar and the second went wide right.

A corner kick from McCarthy in the 32nd minute found Kristine Reynolds Behrens, who headed it into the corner of the net for a 1-0 BYU-Hawaii lead. Each team made two additional shots in the first period that they couldn't capitalize on.

Moore passed the ball to Eddy, allowing her to touch it past the keeper and tap it into the goal at a small angle in the 53rd minute to extend the Seasider lead to 2-0. The Vulcans retaliated five minutes later when Zoller scored the first goal for Hilo to make it a 2-1 game.

Keani Shirai tried to equalize with a shot in the 64th minute, but Jensen kept the goal clean. In the next four minutes one BYU-Hawaii shot was blocked and two were saved by Vulcan keeper Jenna Hufford (2-6-4).

The Seasiders return to action Saturday against Point Loma at 2:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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