Coming Up This Week
Idaho (4-8-2, 0-2 WAC) kicks off the Homecoming competition week with its Western Athletic Conference home opener on Friday against Hawai`i (3-8-0, 2-0 WAC). After a slow start, the Rainbow Wahine are suddenly the WAC's hottest team after topping preseason favorite Utah State 2-1 and beating Nevada 5-0. Idaho has won three of its last four home matches and beat UH for the first time in program history last season. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. (PDT) at Guy Wicks Field.
Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine
Hawai`i is 3-8-0 this season, but they’re in first place in the Western Athletic Conference after one weekend of play with a 2-0 record. The Rainbow Wahine upset league favorite Utah State in double overtime on Friday by a 2-1 score, then blanked Nevada, 5-0, on Sunday. With losses to one nationally-ranked team (Long Beach State) and three teams currently receiving votes (UC Irvine, Washington State, California), UH has played one of the WAC’s toughest non-conference schedules this year.
The Rainbow Wahine are led in scoring by senior defender Brittani Lum, who has five goals and 11 points overall on 20 shots, all of which lead the team. In all, eight different UH players have scored a goal and six have assisted one. Senior midfielder Rachel Domingo leads the team with five assists. Junior keeper Kanani Taaca has played every minute in goal this year with 49 saves, 24 goals allowed and a 2.15 goals-against average. Opponents are outshooting Hawai`i by a 12.4-9.7 overall margin, but the Wahine outshot its two WAC opponents 12.5-10.0 overall and 8.0-4.0 on goal last weekend.
Idaho opened Western Athletic Conference play with a pair of frustrating one-goal road losses at Fresno State (1-0) and San Jose State (2-1). The Vandals had several chances in both matches, including a disallowed goal at SJSU that was determined to have come after the horn sounded to end the first half, but could not finish. The team returns home on Friday for its WAC home opener and only match of the week against Hawai`i. Last year, the Vandals won a WAC home opener for the first time with a 2-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Oct. 8. Last year also marked the team’s first victory over Hawai`i, a 3-1 decision on the road.
Junior Chelsea Small leads Idaho in scoring with seven goals and 16 total points. Six different Vandals have scored a goal this year and eight have assisted a goal. Each of the team’s four game-winners have come from a different player. Junior Jill Flockhart leads the team with three assists on the year. Junior goalkeeper Caroline Towles has started the last six matches for Idaho and made 39 saves while allowing 13 goals for a .750 save percentage. As a team, Idaho is allowing 17.6 shots per match and attempting 13.3 of their own.
In its four wins this season, Idaho has outshot opponents 17.0-13.5 overall and 7.0-5.2 on goal, with an 11-5 scoring edge. In the team’s losses, though, the Vandals have been outshot by a 19.0-11.9 average and 9.5-5.6 on goal, with a 17-3 scoring differential.
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