UHH women’s soccer faces prime test in Point Loma

  • People watch UH-Hilo forward Filippa Graneld maneuvers the ball away from Concordia Irvine during a match at home on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. UH-Hilo won 1-0 due to a goal scored by Christina Kanellou.

Their records say their match is the biggest of the Pacific West Conference women’s season. UH-Hilo’s modest history says even more.

“I think it’s the biggest match in UH-Hilo’s existence for men’s and women’s soccer,” Vulcans coach Gene Okamura said.


It’s not often, after all, that the Vuls host a battle for first place – especially this late into the season. But those are the high stakes at high noon Wednesday when UHH faces Point Loma at its campus baseball field.

The Sea Lions (11-0-1, 7-0 PacWest) have won eight in a row, including the first two stops on their tour of the islands. UHH (9-3, 6-1) has won six in a row and had six days to prepare for its biggest test of the season.

“They recruit quality players, they have a quality coaches, and it’s kind of just built into them,” Okamura said. “They just have a winning mentality.”

The men’s match is at 2:30 p.m.


In golf on Tuesday, UHH’s Dustin Franko shot a 2-under 68 and was tied for 21st place at the Dennis Rose Intercollegiate at the Waikoloa Beach Course. Keith Ng (71-72) was tied for 16th as the Vuls moved one spot into eighth of 12 teams.

In the women’s event at Hapuna, UHH’s Kaelyn Uchida (75-74) moved up to ninth place as the Vuls advanced to sixth place. The final rounds of the men’s and women’s events are Wednesday.

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