His University of Hawaii at Hilo women’s team had just played 90 minutes of near mistake-free soccer, so coach Lance Thompson wanted to make sure that nobody else made any miscues either.
“Make no mistake, ” he said. “This is a quality result.”
Analysa Rodriguez and McKenna Hughes scored first-half goals Thursday as the Thompson era got off to a fine start. The Vulcans held on for a 2-1 victory against Cal State San Bernardino in Kaneohe, Oahu.
“We did great job of not beating ourselves,” he said. “That was the whole key.
“I learned that this team is extremely coachable and they have a lot of faith in each other. They can compete with a high caliber opponent.
Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hufford made three saves, only allowing Katie Gagner’s goal in the last minute.
Meanwhile, UHH was opportunistic in scoring both of its goals. Rodriguez scored in the 23rd minute off a rebound, and Hughes made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute when she stole a clearing attempt.
“You could see at halftime that they believed is themselves,” Thompson said.
The Coyotes held a 9-4 advantage in shots. The coach coach said UHH defensively played with a lot of respect for San Bernardino’s team speed, but he didn’t feel like Hufford was overly busy.
Thompson, UHH’s first director of soccer, will join the men’s team today for its opener against Cal State San Bernardino in Waipio, Oahu. On Saturday, the women’s team heads to Laie to take on BYU-Hawaii at noon.