Kaneohe, HI (October 20, 2012) - Heimana Chene and Alejandro Porras each scored a goal and Mael Lefebvre made four key saves as the Hawai'i Pacific (6-5-2, 6-2-2) men's soccer team defeated north shore rival, BYU-Hawaii (3-7-1, 2-7-1) by the score of 2-1.
Although the Sea Warriors largely controlled play in the first period, the match seemed destined to go to half as a tie until Truls Henrik Lystad played a beautiful back heel pass to a cutting Chene who tucked the ball just inside the post. The goal would break the Sea Warriors multi-game scoring drought and give them a 1-0 lead at the half.
The second half saw the Seasiders answer with the equalizer in 63rd minute when Chad Nahoolewa beat Lefebvre to knot the score at 1-1. Despite many good chances, overtime was looming on the horizon until the Sea Warriors broke through in the 85th minute when Guillem Vinas Marin found a streaking Porras who beat the Seasider keeper giving HPU a 2-1 lead. Porras' goal would prove to be the game winner.
After the game head coach Chris Fisher commented on the match, “After our last three games we'll take today's result. We controlled most of the possession, but we must get better in the final third in order to create more quality chances on goal.” As for the remainder of the season coach Fisher said, “Our goal is to continue to improve and play complete, quality soccer. Today we started to get back on track.”
Hawai'i Pacific looks to keep the momentum going when it heads over to the Big Island to face off against the University of Hawai'i at Hilo on October 22nd; game time is 12:30 PM.