Wahine Soccer: Kai named Frosh All-American

Kai becomes only the second Wahine Freshman All-American in the programs history.



HONOLULU - If her freshman year is any kind of indicator, Rainbow Wahine soccer striker Natasha Kai has a legitimate opportunity to become one of the top athletes in University of Hawaii history. After becoming the first league player ever to capture both Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and WAC Freshman of the Year honors, Kai learned today that she was named a third team Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz.

Kai, a 5-foot-8 high-scorer from Kahuku, Oahu, took the WAC by storm this season, setting new league marks in points (23) and goals (10) in conference matches to lead the highest scoring team in Rainbow Wahine history. Kai led the WAC in virtually every offensive statistical category, while also setting a handful of school marks.

The three-time WAC Offensive Player of the Week registered a program-best 37 points this year, while also establishing new school highs in shots (105), goals (16), and game-winning goals (5). Kai also shattered school records for match shots (14), setting a new WAC record as well.

Kai's selection is the second Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American honor earned by a Rainbow Wahine. Former
Hawaii midfielder Jennifer Hamm earned honorable mention accolades in 1997.

Kai matched
Hamm's selection to the West Region All-Freshman first-team today as well. Kai was the only player from a WAC school to be named to the All-Region squad.



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