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By Chanel Wayne. October 24, 2011 - 6:39 pm
After a trying summer for the women’s soccer team, the ladies are back and doing well this season — getting their kicks.
The Lady Sea Warriors lost head coach Michele Nagamine over the summer, and Coach Gina Brewer grabbed the reins.
As of Oct. 17 their overall record was 8-3-2 and 5-2-2 in PacWest play.
The ladies played in Hilo Hawaii Oct.8 resulting in a 2-2 double-overtime draw. HPU was ahead 1-0 in the first half.
After the game was tied in the 61 minute, HPU responded to retake the lead two minutes later. The game was retied in the 65 minute and both teams would then play scoreless overtimes.
They play Oct. 29 at Hawaii Loa where they will take on Chaminade University at 12:30 p.m.
Although the girls lost a couple players after the switch, they have still managed to play very well this season.
“We link hands in a circle [before games], and if one link is weak you break the chain,” said Carianne Makino, team captain and goalkeeper.
Their solidarity is clear even during practice; you hear words of encouragement as they run through drills.
“Finish strong,” shouts Makino as she stops one of her teammates balls during a drill. Kurt Vereecke a graduate assistant for the team explained, “We haven’t had a set formation with players in a set position this season. We have a lot of different players who can play a lot of different positions.”
Vereecke argues that the team’s adaptability proves to be both a strength and weakness.
The team had the worse loss of the season 0-3 to BYU on Oct. 1. The girls have a chance to redeem themselves on Oct. 21 when they travel to the BYU-Hawaii field in Laie to face the Lady Seasiders.
On Monday Oct. 17 HPU lost to California Baptist University, 0-2.
Makino urges students and faculty come to at least one game to see what kind of a team they are.
There is no better way to reap the reward of your hard work than with fellow classmates.