Rainbow Wahine look to kick into overdrive
By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Leila Wai
After going the distance — playing three overtime games in an eight-day road trip to Arizona — the University of Hawai'i women's soccer team must make a quick turnaround for tonight's game against Cornell in the Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Shootout.
Tonight's game, at 7 p.m. at the Waipi'o Peninsula Soccer Stadium, is the fourth game in eight days for the Rainbow Wahine (4-2-1). They play their fifth in 10 days Sunday against San Francisco at 5 p.m.
Hawai'i coach Pinsoom Tenzing isn't worried about the amount of games, travel — the team returned Wednesday night — and extra time the team has played.
"They are OK, they are extremely fit, and they are very competitive on the field," Tenzing said. "At the tail end of the third game, I told them if they are tired, then to come off because we have the players, and everyone was ready to go.
"I'm very confident they will be (ready), and that's a credit to their hard work."
San Francisco and Cornell play tomorrow at 7 p.m.
UH went 1-1-1 on the road, beating Northern Arizona, 2-1, in double overtime, tying Pacific, 0-0 in double overtime, and falling to Arizona, 1-0, in overtime.
"They played extremely well in the game they lost (against Arizona), and not so well against Pacific. We had the advantage of seeing Arizona play and we could tell them specific things about the way they play," Tenzing said.
Against Northern Arizona, the final game, he said, "Very surprisingly, altitude had something to do with it, and the general tedium of the long road trip. But they still played well."
In this weekend's games, Tenzing is hoping for "two wins. I'm getting what I truly want, which is very attractive soccer on the field. But for the morale of the team, we need to win. Basically, I just want the team to do well, and they are doing that. This is as satisfied as I've been in the team, ever."
Cornell is 1-2-1 this season and returns eight starters from last year's squad that finished 7-7-1 and 1-5-1 in the Ivy League. Cornell defeated UH, 2-0, in the only meeting between the teams Sept. 20, 2003.
"That's a scary team," Tenzing said. "Although they have a bad win-loss record, they've practically outshot every team they've played (71 shots to 39). Ours may be the team that the shots they take may go into the goal."
San Francisco is a more familiar opponent, with a 6-0-2 record against the Rainbow Wahine. The Dons defeated Hawai'i, 1-0, in their most recent meeting Oct. 26, 2004.
USF is 2-4 this season. Last season it was 4-14-2, with a 2-5-0 record in the West Coast Conference.
"I'm expecting an extremely well-coached team," Tenzing said. "I've known them to be well organized offensively and defensively, with good personnel. They beat Cal State Northridge, 4-0, and that's a huge win ... Northridge is a very good team."
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