Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024|
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Teani Arakawa of the UH-Hilo women’s soccer team was selected as PacWest Player of the Week for second time this season.
Arakawa had a foot in all three Vulcan goals during a 3-1 home turf victory over Stanislaus State last Friday.
The PacWest Preseason Player of the Year assisted on a UHH score less than three minutes into the match to help her team get on the board, and passed into another goal just after the start of the second half.
She added her own score at the 60 minute mark to give the defending PacWest Champs a 3-0 lead. In just three matches this season, Arakawa has three goals and two assists for eight points and 2.67 points per match. Both totals lead the PacWest.
In the topsy-turvy world of the United Soccer Coaches National Rankings, Point Loma was the only PacWest team last week to be listed, at No. 9.
Former No. 1 Western Washington fell out of the Top 25 completely after losing to Concordia, who still didn’t crack the list.
Dominican split a pair of 1-0 matches last week, falling to Sonoma State and defeating CS Monterey Bay. Keeper Riley Buesing had the clean sheet against the Otters with five saves, and also had 56 minutes of shutout work with two saves versus the Seawolves.
Biola dropped a pair of heartbreakers to good teams, 3-2 to Chico State and 2-1 to CS Los Angeles…Point Loma split matches in Colorado, topping Metro State-Denver (2-1) and falling to UC Colorado Springs, 2-1….More splitting: Chaminade topped rival HPU 2-0 in a non-conference match and lost to CS Monterey Bay, 2-1.
For HPU, Madi DePhillips had nine saves in the loss…Azusa Pacific’s Maddie Williams was solid in a win (2-0) over Chico State and a tie (0-0) against CS Los Angeles. She didn’t give up a goal on the week and had five total save.
Academy of Art GK Nicole Peoples was busy beyond belief during a 4-0 loss to Cal Poly Humboldt. She had 18 saves in the match, the fifth highest total in PacWest history and the most since 2012.
Westmont went scoreless with CS Monterey Bay on Monday, with Maya Pablos saving four shots.
There a just a few non-conference matches on the front side of this week, as teams begin to taper for the start of the conference schedule. That non-league slate includes a few matches between PacWest teams, like Dominican vs. Academy of Art and UH-Hilo vs. HPU (Tuesday), and the Vulcans vs. Chaminade (Thursday).
It then gets real on Saturday with Westmont traveling to Azusa Pacific to kick off the conference slate at 5 pm, with Point Loma and Concordia squaring off in a huge early season match in Irvine at 6:30 pm.
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