HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii women's soccer team will be opening their 2002 Western Athletic Conference schedule at home this Friday and Sunday against Tulsa (7:00 p.m.) and Rice (5:00 p.m.) at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
The Rainbow Wahine look to finally be recovered from their rash of early season injuries. Hawaii's 3-5-2 record entering this weekend's matches is misleading considering that four losses came by just one goal, two of which came on the road. Hawaii's other loss this season came at home against then-No. 5 UCLA.
Leading the charge for Hawaii are strikers
Arlene Devitt and Natasha Kai, who are tied for the team lead and are among WAC leaders in scoring (14 pts.) and goals (6). Freshman Carmen Calpo tops the Rainbows in assists, with five.
True freshman keeper Mahie Atay has emerged
as the starting keeper, earning Outstanding Player honors at the OHANA Hotels & Resorts Shootout. Atay is currently third in the conference with a 1.41 goals against average.
Tulsa enters the 50th state at 4-5-2 and 1-0-1 in Western Athletic Conference action. The Golden Hurricane opened the year with nine non-conference matches against the likes of Oklahoma (L, 0-2), Oklahoma State (L, 1-3) and Kansas (L,0-3) among others. Oklahoma and Kansas are currently ranked in the top 10 of the Central Region.
Tulsa opened the conference season last weekend with a win and a draw versus San Jose State (T, 2-2) and Fresno State (W, 2-1). Danielle Fauteux has been the leading scorer for TU. The Canadian national has recorded 19 points on eight goals and three assists through 11 matches. Jamie German is next with 11 points on three goals and five assists. Julie Twellman is next with 10 points on four goals and two assists.
Kelly Wilson has seen the vast majority of the goalkeeping minutes. Wilson owns a 1.87 goals against average, with 46 saves and 19 goals allowed in 915:59.
The Rainbow Wahine defeated Tulsa on the road in Oklahoma last season behind goals from departed striker Jennifer Starsiak and former All-WAC defender Carmel Hurley.
After a 2001 season that saw Rice go 7-9-0 and qualify for the WAC Tournament, the Owls have struggled this year, delaying their first win of the season until their 10th match.
To their defense, Rice played a very strong pre-conference schedule that included losses to current No. 6 Texas A&M (1-4), Houston (1-2), Baylor (1-2, OT), and No. 3 Texas (0-7).
In the games that matter, Rice has picked up a win over San Jose State (3-1), and a loss to Fresno State (0-2) over the weekend.
Sarah Yoder heads the Owl attack with 10 offensive points on five goals. Kelly Potysman is second with four goals. No other Owl has scored more than one goal.
Amanda Garrison has been the keeper of choice for Rice, having played 835:22 of the Owls 880 total minutes this year. Garrison has allowed 24 goals for a 2.59 goals against average and has posted 66 saves.
In just their second year of existence, the Rice soccer program was among the nation's top first-year teams last season.
Rice defeated Hawai`i in their first ever meeting last season, winning 3-2 in overtime. In their rematch at the WAC Championship Tournament, Hawai`i handed Rice a 2-0 loss, behind a pair of scores by redshirt defender Liz Lusk.