Following a maligned Monday practice, the University of Hawaii Football team broke out of the ‘dog house’ Tuesday morning, giving head coach Nick Rolovich a much more suitable session now just 10 days away from kickoff in Australia.
The Rainbow Warriors, who continued game planning for the California Golden Bears, remain on the expected track of having the team’s depth chart revealed Wednesday, with returning quarterback Ikaika Woolsey remaining as the leader of the offensive huddle for majority of the practice, while linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams continued to get his reps in after missing all of training camp.
With the positive showing, the mood after the workout was a complete 180 from Monday. So much so that the ‘Bows challenged the Rainbow Wahine soccer team to an impromptu penalty kick shootout.
The Rainbow Wahine won in sudden death, but the real winner was KHON2 sports reporter Sam Spangler, who was there for the hilarity.
“As if we don’t have enough stress as it is, we have to stress out about more competition? That was fantastic. What a great atmosphere. I just wish more people could have seen that, it was so much fun,” said Rainbow Wahine head coach Michele Nagamine.
“I guess it’s like a game tester. We’re obviously going to be in those kinds of situations in the game this upcoming season. It was fun, but I guess we really need to work on our PKs,” said sophomore defender Sarah Lau with a chuckle.
Following the shootout, Spangler asked wide receiver Marcus Kemp, who played goalie for most of the competition, what went into his decision.
“You know, I think the man hands drill that we do up there with the juggs machine, I think that really helped out and I feel like, if I was going to play goalie, I was going to do it all natural. You know, I think I might go try out for the U.S. national team pretty soon after that performance that I just put on,” said Kemp.
The Rainbow Wahine soccer team will make its season debut against Oregon Friday at 7 p.m. at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
As for the Rainbow Warriors, they’ll hit the road for Australia on Saturday, with kickoff against Cal set for Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. HST on ESPN.