LAIE, Hawaii – Dwayne Wittmann kept his net clean with several fantastic saves to lead BYU-Hawaii men's soccer to a 2-0 win over Hawaii Hilo Thursday afternoon at the BYU-Hawaii soccer field.
Peter Puertas led the Seasiders (5-5-2, 4-4-1 PacWest) with four shots, two on goal and an assist. Jake McRae's four shots allowed him to score his ninth goal of the season. Wittman (2-3) had five saves in his first career shutout, including one on a penalty kick.
Omar MacHado and Jonathan Garcia each had two shots for the Vulcans (1-11-1, 0-8-1 PacWest). BYU-Hawaii finished with 23 total shots, holding Hawaii Hilo to eight.
In the first 16 minutes of the game, the Seasiders had eight shots, but were unable to find the back of the net. Hawaii Hilo's first shot came from MacHado in the 18th minute, but his ball hit the crossbar.
A shot by Daniel Corbett provided a scoring chance for BYU-Hawaii, but it was saved in the 24th minute. Puertas started the breakthrough goal with a strong shot that Vulcan keeper Joshua Jespar (1-6) was unable to secure and McRae tapped in the rebound to give BYU-Hawaii a 1-0 advantage in the 28th minute.
Puertas put another shot on goal with 10 minutes remaining in the half, but Jespar came in with the save.
Hawaii Hilo had a chance to equalize in the 70th minute on Daniel Baumgartner's penalty kick. Keeper Dwayne Wittmann (2-3) read the shot correctly and scooped the ball off the ground with one-hand while diving to his right.
Griffin Garcia looked to extend the lead five minutes later, but his shot was blocked. The ball bounced back to Braden Bailey who ripped a shot to the upper left corner of the goal to push the Seasiders up 2-0. The Vulcans attempted to retaliate, but Wittmann made two additional saves to secure the shutout.
BYU-Hawaii will return to the field on Saturday to host Point Loma at 12 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.