Women's soccer falls to Hawai'i in WAC battle

San Jose, Calif. The San Jose State University women’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the University of Hawai’i in a Western Athletic Conference first-place showdown at Spartan Field on Friday, October 21.

The match between conference co-leaders was evenly-contested throughout, with the Rainbow Wahine producing just a 25-23 advantage in shots taken on the day. The visitors from Hawai’i were the ones who were able to find the back of the net, however, grabbing two goals after the halftime break to put a halt to the Spartans’ three-game win streak.

Sophomore Gabrielle Bohlman notched the game’s first goal at the 50:12 mark, slamming a loose ball home from close range. Senior forward Natasha Kai flicked the ball into the penalty area to earn the assist. Her younger sister, junior Krisha Kai, then tallied an insurance goal in the 83rd minute, shooting past senior Spartan goalkeeper Adrienne Herbst following a scramble in the box.

Herbst finished with six saves for San Jose State, while freshman Rainbow Wahine goalie Kori Lu made 10 stops to earn the third shutout of her collegiate career.

The win improved Hawai’i’s record to 8-7-2 overall and 4-1 in the WAC. San Jose State drops to 3-11-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

“I thought we were the better side in the first half, and they (Hawai’i) were a little better in the second,” said Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa. “They made better use of their chances. We had some chances that we should have put away (in the first half), which could have made it a different ballgame. Hawai’i took advantage of theirs. Looking at the shot statistics, it was a wide open game, and pretty exciting to watch I’d imagine as a fan.”

San Jose State next hosts local foe Saint Mary’s College in one final non-conference match for the 2005 season, on Wednesday, October 26. The new time and venue for this game will be 5:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium.

SCORING SUMMARY
Hawai’i (8-7-2, 4-1) 0 2 - 2
San Jose State (3-11-2, 3-2) 0 0 - 0

Scoring
UH Bohlman (Natasha Kai), 50:12
UH Krisha Kai (Unassisted), 82:05

Goalkeeper Saves
UH 10 (Lu-10)
SJSU 6 (Herbst-6)

Shots
UH 25
SJSU - 23

Corner Kicks
UH 6
SJSU 9

Fouls
UH - 11
SJSU - 7