Rainbow Wahine Secure Draw at Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Hawaii women’s soccer team took on Cal Poly to a 2-2 draw on the road on Sunday, scoring two early goals in the opening minutes of the game before the Mustangs tied the game with a score in the final minute of Game.
The Rainbow Wahine (4-2-2, 1-0-2 Big West) still got a point, giving them two points on the road trip and five on the conference season. Hawai’i came into play Sunday tied for the top of the conference standings with Long Beach State.
After UH fended off countless chances from the Mustangs (4-5-1, 1-0-1 Big West) throughout the game, including 13 corner kicks and 18 shot attempts, Cal Poly tied the two things each with only 11 seconds remaining. as Monserrat Marquez netted from a free-kick just outside the box.
UH got off to a flying start, scoring twice in the first seven minutes of the game to take a 2-0 lead. Krista Peterson put the ‘Bows on the board in the fifth minute, firing a long-range shot that went past Cal Poly goaltender Lindsay Kellogg and crossed the goal line.
Two minutes later, Amber Gilbert added to the lead with his third goal of the season. The freshman in the red shirt chased a long ball from Eliza Amendoliabeating his defender and finishing ahead of Kellogg to double the lead at 6:43.
The Rainbow Wahine also fought off plenty of scoring opportunities from Cal Poly to preserve the shutout in the first half. Sophie Augustine recorded three saves in the first 45 minutes as Jacey Jicha made an incredible sliding save on the goal line in the 34th minute after Augustin left the net to take the Mustangs away from the board.
Cal Poly entered the board less than a minute into the second half, cutting UH’s lead to 2-1 in the 46th minute. Peja Balanon found the back of the net by scoring on a ball initially saved by Augustin.
Peterson’s goal was his fourth of the season leading the team while giving him 10 points for the year, also the most on the team. Gilbert scored for the third time this year to give him eight points in his first season in the red shirt, while Ammendolia recorded his first assist of the year.
The Rainbow Wahine returns home to host Long Beach State on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Waipi’o Peninsula Football Complex.