Rainbows' Fukuroku is all-WAC in soccer
By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Leila Wai
Three University of Hawai'i women's soccer players were selected to all-Western Athletic Conference teams yesterday.
Sophomore forward Taryn Fukuroku was named to the first team, and junior midfielder Jessica Domingo and junior defender Koren Takeyama, both preseason all-WAC selections, were named to the second team.
Hawai'i coach Pinsoom Tenzing was disappointed in the omission of some players, but said it was a "direct correlation" to UH's sixth-place finish in the conference.
"We had some really strong candidates, like Lehua Wood, but they didn't see her play (because of a knee injury)," Tenzing said. "Jess Domingo getting second team, and that's partly because she didn't play against Fresno State and only played a half against Nevada. Kelli-Anne Chang deserved a much better place.
"In the WAC, we haven't been doing well, so the coaches haven't seen the good things we've been doing on the field."
Fukuroku said she was "stoked" and "shocked" at her selection.
"All my teammates were like, 'Take that blank look off your face,' when they called my name (at the pre-tournament banquet)," Fukuroku said. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates. They contributed as much as I did."
Fukuroku tied for the team lead with eight goals this season and led the team with six assists and 22 points.
Takeyama had three assists this season playing mainly as a left defender.
"I felt like I didn't have a good season, like I did last year," Takeyama said. "I thought Tehane (Higa) should have taken my place or gotten first team, because she did a really good job."
Domingo, the team's captain, scored two goals and had four assists for eight points.
"It doesn't really mean anything for me individually," Domingo said. "I would rather have the team win a championship."
San Jose State's Nicole Irwin was Offensive Player of the Year, Fresno State's Rochelle Jagdeo was Defensive Player of the Year, Utah State's Lindsey Smart was Freshman of the Year and Fresno State's Steve Springthorpe was Coach of the Year.
Boise State junior defender Allison Tsuchida, a Punahou graduate, was also named to the first team.
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