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First-Half Hawai’i Goals Send Cal Poly to 4-0 Defeat on Friday

First-Half Hawai’i Goals Send Cal Poly to 4-0 Defeat on Friday

SAN LUIS OBISPO – A hat trick by Hawai'i midfielder Raisa Strom-Okimoto during the opening 51 minutes of Friday's match handed the Rainbow Wahine the only lead of the night as the Cal Poly women's soccer program dropped a 4-0 decision at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Hawai'i (8-5-1, 3-2-0) grabbed the advantage with Friday's first shot attempt as Strom-Okimoto collected a pass from forward Mikaelah Johnson-Griggs 35 yards from goal and slalomed toward Cal Poly's left post before firing past Mustang junior goalkeeper Sophia Brown.

Cal Poly (1-12-4, 1-4-1) registered its first attacking sequence five minutes later, but freshman midfielder Clare Murphy saw her attempt caught by Hawai'i goalkeeper Alexis Mata. Mustang junior midfielder Jessica Johnson was then stopped by Mata in the 36th minute.

Hawai'i, however, doubled its lead in the 39th minute with just its second shot on goal. Dribbling down the right edge of Cal Poly's penalty area, Hawai'i forward Daelenn Tokunaga chipped for Strom-Okimoto, who one-timed her second goal into the top of the Mustang net.

Strom-Okimoto then completed her hat trick six minutes after the restart after latching onto a turnover deep in Cal Poly's end, sliding past the last Mustang defender and besting Brown in a one-on-one situation.

The Rainbow Wahine then ran their lead to 4-0 in the 60th minute with Tokunaga breaking loose down the left side of Cal Poly's penalty box and lofting a shot into the right corner of the Mustang net.

Cal Poly had four shots on goal in the second half, but freshman midfielder Monserrat Hernandez Marquez (62nd minute), senior defender Stephanie Magellan (66') and senior midfielder Sydney Knauer (above, 76', 77') were denied by Mata on each attempt.

Cal Poly resumes action with its final road matchup of the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Cal State Fullerton. Kickoff is 2 p.m. with action broadcast via ESPN3.

Photo © Nathan Nybakke