University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Lance Thompson has seen the Pacific West Conference soccer scene change dramatically over the past five years, to the point it’s one of the better leagues in NCAA Division II.
“The landscape has really changed since 2008,” said Thompson, in his first year as the UH-Hilo Director of Soccer and coaching both the Vulcan men’s and women’s teams. He earlier coached in California and played against PacWest programs.
On Monday, Soccer 101 for Thompson’s men’s and women’s squads continued on the road with the Vulcans dropping a pair of PacWest matches at Cal Baptist in Riverside, Calif.
The host Lancers defeated the UH-Hilo men 3-2 while the Cal Baptist women overpowered the Vulcans 5-0.
Thomas Carter scored on a rebound at 20:17 to put Cal Baptist (3-3-1 overall, 3-2 PacWest) on the scoreboard and Alex Anderson added a goal from 8 yards out to make it 2-0 at 39:07.
The Lions then stretched their lead to 3-0 on Anderson’s second goal of the match at 48:17.
The Vulcans (3-3-0, 1-2) responded late in the contest with goals from Thomas Murphy (85:23, off an assist from Darwin Ortiz) and David Robinson (89:16, unassisted).
Vulcan goalie Yonha Andrabi went the full 90 minutes, giving up the three goals to go along with two saves.
The Lancers outshot UH-Hilo 18-14.
Cal Baptist 5, UH-Hilo 0: Kelly Jenks, Rachel Witz, Kristen Witchey, Kimberly Allard and Lauren Wallberg each scored a goal to lead the balanced Lancers (5-4-0, 4-1) over the Vulcans (4-2-1, 1-2).
The Vulcans opened their four-match road trip with losses at Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday.
The host Lions defeated the UH-Hilo women 3-0 and the Vulcan men 1-0.
The UH-Hilo teams play at Azusa Pacific on Thursday, then close the road trip with matches at Dixie State in St. George, Utah.
After returning to the Big Island, the Vulcan teams host Fresno Pacific in PacWest matches Oct. 12.
UH-Hilo golfers sixth
The UH-Hilo men’s golf team is in sixth place heading into today’s final round of the Golfweek Fall Invitational D-II in Bend, Ore.
The first 36 holes were played Monday.
Vulcan Dalen Yamauchi (78-82) is tied for third place, after shooting a 6-over-par 150. Also competing for UH-Hilo with first round scores are: Chris Shimomura (T-15th, 80-75—155), Corey Kozuma (T-36th, 80-79-159), Kyeton Littel (T40th, 81-79—160) and Christian Agosto (T-72nd, 88-84—172).
The Vulcans turned in a 624 team score.
Cal State Monterey Bay holds a 26-stroke lead over Dallas Baptist in the 15-team tournament with a 14-over-par 590 through 36 holes.