SMU frustrates Wahine, 2-0
The University of Hawai'i women's soccer team's magical late-season run ended last night in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship match at Dallas.
Hawai'i's Krystalynn Ontai fights for control of the ball against SMU last night in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament championship match.
SMU (15-3) extended its winning streak to 10 matches and advances to the NCAA Tournament.
The loss snapped Hawai'i's five-match winning streak.
The Wahine (10-10) won their final three regular-season matches, and knocked off Boise State and Rice on the first two days of the tournament.
"We didn't play so well today," Hawai'i coach Pinsoom Tenzing said. "We looked like a team that had played three games in four days."
The Mustangs scored when UH defender Carmel Hurley sent a clearing shot into her own net.
"It was a wonderful cross from the right side," Tenzing said. "Carmel Hurley was in perfect position to clear, but when she tried to hit the ball out it went into the goal. I can't fault anybody, those things happen."
Harvey scored on a header off a free kick by Diana Kelm.
Hawai'i's Veronica Flores, Arlene Devitt, Liz Lusk and Hurley were named to the all-tournament team.
"I'm really proud of them because we had some lulls in the season," Tenzing said. "A lesser team would have given up. "This team never gave up."