LAIE, Hawaii – The defensive backline for BYU-Hawaii men's soccer held strong to earn a 1-0 victory over Hawaii Pacific University on Thursday at BYU-Hawaii soccer field.
Sven Koenig led the Sharks' offensive attack with four on frame. Erik Keemsies shot three times with one on goal.
BYU-Hawaii (9-8, 7-5 PacWest) was outshot by Hawaii Pacific (9-6-1, 7-4-1 PacWest) 16-13 and 8-4 of shots on frame. The Seasiders' goalkeeper Mark Stanley (4-3) was the difference in the game with eight saves. Eduardo Palacios (6-6-1) also had a solid day for the Sharks in net with three saves.
Stanley started BYU-Hawaii off strong in the first half with a save three minutes in. Shortly after, forward Pawel Dregan placed a strong shot on frame in the fourth minute, but Palacios saved it.
Dregan took another shot awhile later, along with Jake McRae and Matthew Roberts, but none could find the frame.
With 13 seconds left in the half, forward Kyle Oertel played a ball forward to midfielder Besser Davila who put it into the back of the net, giving the Seasiders a 1-0 advantage going into halftime.
Hawaii Pacific went on attack to start the second half with back-to-back shots. The first was blocked by Seasider defense and Stanley saved the shot off the rebound to keep BYU-Hawaii in the lead in the 51st minute.
McRae and Davila attempted to extend the Seasider lead with shots in the 60th and 62nd minutes, but they were off frame. Stanley recorded two more saves in the 71st and 73rd minutes for the Seasiders.
McRae broke loose after a mishandled ball by the Shark defense, but Palacios won the 1-on-1 battle parrying the ball away from frame in the 83rd minute.
Stanley completed a crucial save in the 86th minute to shut out Hawaii Pacific. A follow up shot by Mario Garcia attempted to tie the game, but was well high of the crossbar.
BYU-Hawaii men's soccer will conclude its season at home on Saturday at 3 p.m. HST against Chaminade University. Live stats will be available online.