HONOLULU -- A goal off a penalty kick in the second overtime capped nearly 98 minutes of scoreless soccer and gave the University of Hawai'i a 2-1 victory over Utah Valley University Sunday night at UH's Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium. The match was the finale of the OHANAHotels & Suites No Ka Oi, an invitational hosted by the University of Hawai'i.
The match, knotted at 1-1 since the fifth minute, seemed destined for a draw entering the second overtime period. UVU (1-2-0) had the first chance of the frame when Lexi Robison's shot flew wide. But UH (3-1-0) got the better chance when it was awarded a penalty kick with 102:54 showing on the clock. Chelsea Miyake found the net on the penalty, securing the third win of the season for the Rainbow Wahine.
The Wolverines began the game with a bang, needing merely one shot to find the back of the net. Robison's strike from just inside the 18-yard box into the upper left corner put UVU in front, 1-0, just 3:53 seconds into the contest. It was the second goal of the season for the sophomore midfielder and her second in as many games in Hawai'i, as she tallied a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win over Sacred Heart.
UH, who has not been defeated at home in seven straight matches dating back to last season, responded almost instantaneously, wiping away the Wolverines' early advantage only 16 seconds after Robison's goal. Midfielder Alexis Colacchio's cross into the box fell to the feet of Tiana Fujimoto, who slotted her third goal in the last two games past UVU goalkeeper Jessica Duffin at the 4:09 mark.
With the game again level, UH looked to sustain the offensive pressure. Over the next 86 minutes of regulation, the Rainbow Wahine fired 14 shots compared to just three from the Wolverines. Only six of the 14 were on target, however, and Duffin turned each one on her way to six saves for the game.
Though chances were few throughout regulation, it was the Wolverines who had the best chance to escape with an overtime victory. As time was expiring in the first overtime period, Lexi Dunn unleashed a shot that clanged off the crossbar. The near-miss preserved the score line, sending the game into the fateful second overtime.
Both Dunn and defender Chelsey Kimball Cook, each of whom joined Robison on the All-Tournament team, played all 103 minutes for UVU.
UVU returns home with a week to prepare for its next opponent, in-state rival and reigning WAC champion Utah State. That match takes place Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1:00 p.m. at UVU's Clyde Field.
OHANA Hotels & Suites No Ka Oi All-Tournament Team
Lidia Battaglia, Hawai`i
Alyssa Brandofino, Sacred Heart
Jackie DeLucia, Sacred Heart
Lexi Dunn, Utah Valley
Chelsea Miyake, Hawai`i
Jen Mulvey, Sacred Heart
Kelsey Kimball Cook, Utah Valley
Krystal Pascua, Hawai`i
Lexi Robison, Utah Valley
Kanani Taaca, Hawai`i
MVP: Tiana Fujimoto, Hawai`i
Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.
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