Hawai’i falls for first time at Colorado

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BOULDER, Colo. – Raisa Strom-Okimoto scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season and Monk Berger had a career-high 10 saves, but the Hawai’i women’s soccer team couldn’t overcome Colorado goals in the first and last four minutes of the contest, falling 3-1 in Boulder, Colo., on Friday. The loss snaps Hawai’i’s five-match win streak.

CU’s Danica Evans launched a flip-throw into the box just 2:22 into the game, and 6-foot-1 freshman Taylor Kornieck headed it just inside the far post to put the Buffaloes ahead 1-0. CU later converted on a penalty kick in the 37th minute to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.

Strom-Okimoto returned the favor in the 65th minute, scoring her fourth goal of the season and third off a penalty kick, but the Rainbow Wahine were unable to get the equalizer down the stretch. The Buffaloes sealed the game in the 86th minute when Evans finished a cross from Emily Bruder to give Colorado its decisive 3-1 advantage.

Colorado out-shot Hawai’i 22-14 in the game, including 13-6 in shots on goal. Colorado also had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The loss is Hawai’i’s (5-1-1) first of the season after matching the second best start in program history with a 5-0-1 mark entering the match. Colorado improves to 4-3 on the season with its second straight win.

The Rainbow Wahine stay in Colorado for two more contests, facing Denver on Sept. 11 at 12:00 p.m. (HT) and Air Force on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. (HT).

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