Strom-Okimoto does it again, ‘Bows beat Saint Mary’s in overtime

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For the second consecutive match, the University of Hawai’i soccer team played into overtime, and for the second consecutive match they won in overtime with a 2-1 victory at Saint Mary’s on Thursday afternoon.
 
“Saint Mary’s was a tough opponent, and they tested us,” said head coach Michele Nagamine. “Their size and strength caused problems for us throughout the afternoon. We made an error in the first half, and they capitalized on it, but the resiliency of this group is great to see. To be down, catch a break in the second half with a late goal, then to win it in overtime, again, is a huge boost moving forward. “
 
The matchup with the Gaels (2-3) was the first road match of the season for the Rainbow Wahine (2-1) and marks the first time UH has notched a win to begin its away schedule since 2014. 
 
UH started off in an early hole, trailing 1-0 after a goal by SMC in the 39th minute, as the Gaels seemed to control the offensive pace, outshooting the Bows 6-5, including a 2-0 advantage in shots on goal. The second half proved to be a different story though as UH pushed the Gaels’ defense throughout the next 45 minutes. 
 
The Rainbow Wahine attack outshot the Gaels 7-2 in the second half, but the breakout moment came in the 86th minute as a familiar face stepped up. Senior midfielder Raisa Strom-Okimoto swiped a steal from a Gael defender creating a breakaway situation, leaving her with a one-on-one matchup with the goalkeeper. Strom-Okimoto found a hole on the right side beating the goalkeeper, tying the match up at 1-1 to force overtime and another golden goal opportunity. 
 
The heroics of Strom-Okimoto continued into the extra period but this time in the form of setting up a teammate. In the 97th minute, Strom-Okimoto booted the ball off a corner kick into a pack of UH and SMC players. Sophomore midfielder Leialoha Medeiros was able to find the ball in the scrum knocking it into the net for the game-winner. 
 
Historically, SMC has been a tough place to play for UH, the victory is the first-ever in four tries, and marks the first time the Rainbow Wahine have won back-to-back games against the Gaels, the last matchup going to UH in a 1-0 victory on September 2nd, 2016. 
 
Next up will be a Sunday affair at Pacific with a start time of 10 a.m. HT. The last time UH won on the road at Pacific was during the program’s inaugural season in 1994. 

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