Raul Gomez and Larry Llamas each scored a goal to lead Cal State San Bernardino to a 2-0 win over the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Friday.
It was the Vulcans’ 2013-14 men’s soccer team’s season opener and the first match under Lance Thompson, the new UHH director of soccer. The collegiate match was held at the Waipio Soccer Park on Oahu.
“It was our first game of the season and we’re really still learning about ourselves,” Thompson said. “We only had a scrimmage game and that was no gauge for us. But we got a good feel for where we are. We’ll build on this and be ready when we play BYU-Hawaii (on Sept. 12 in Hilo).”
Gomez scored on a header at the 35:12 mark in the first half, off a cross to the far post. Teammates Roberto Mariscal and llamas were awarded assists on the play.
Then in the second half, Llamas scored off an assist from Tigran Tiraturyan at the 59:15 mark to extend the CSSB (1-0-1) lead to 2-0 over the Vulcans (0-1).
UHH’s Ian Watanabe led UHH’s attack and had two shots on goal turned away by CSSB goalie Jeff Salt.
“We lost to a really organized team and a team that played with a lot of energy,” Thompson said. “They were more up to the challenge today and they played with a lot more aggression than we did.”
Salt went the full 90 minutes in goal and recorded the shutout to go along with three saves. UHH goalie Yonha Andrabi also went the distance, allowing the two goals and registering five saves. CSSB outshot the Vulcans 15-6 on goal, including an 8-3 advantage in the second half.
Thompson was hired for the UHH job in mid-August, leaving Cal State San Bernardino, where he coached its men’s soccer team last year.
The Vulcans return home and host Brigham Young University-Hawaii at 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at UHH.
The Vuls then host Chaminade University in a 3 p.m. match Sept. 14 at UHH.
Following those two matches in Hilo, UHH has a rematch with Chaminade on Sept. 21 in Honolulu, then hits the road for a four-match mainland trip to the West Coast.
The Vulcans will play Point Loma Nazarene University on Sept. 28 in San Diego, Cal Baptist on Sept. 30 in Riverside, Calif.; Azusa Pacific University on Oct. 3 in Azusa, Calif.; and Dixie State University on Oct. 5 in St. George, Utah.
Vulcan note: Go to www.hiloathletics.com for the complete UHH roster and schedule.
At Waipio, Oahu
CSSB 1 1 — 2
UHH 0 0 — 0