Posted with permission, article and pictures, courtesy of Chaminade University
HONOLULU – The bragging rights between the Chaminade University and University of Hawai’i Hilo’s men’s soccer teams will have to wait until next year.
On Friday, the Silverswords and Vulcans went foot-to-foot in a 1-1 draw at Saint Louis Field. It was the second time this season that both teams ended their match in a stalemate. Chaminade and UH Hilo also played to a 1-1 tie on Sept. 23 in Hilo.
Trailing by a goal, Owen Caba (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) received a perfect touch pass from La’akea Gonsalves (Anahola, Kaua’i, Hawai’i/Kapa’a) and punched in a shot from 10 yards out in the 41st minute to square the match. It was Caba’s first collegiate goal and Gonsalves’ first career assist.
The Silverswords are 1-4-2 on the season and 1-1-1 in the Pacific West Conference while the Vulcans are 2-4-3 overall and have the same conference mark as the ‘Swords.
Julian Garica accounted for UH Hilo’s goal, coming in the 21st minute with a double-assist coming from Brian Schrairer and Gabriel Gallardo.
Both teams came close to taking the lead in the second half. Ian Inigo (Houston/Bridgeland) fired a shot from the left side of the box in the 56th minute but Vulcans keeper Christian Souza made a diving save. David Kurihara (Mililani, O’ahu, Hawai’i/Hanalani) nearly stuck in the rebound but his shot bounced just wide left of the post seconds later.
Meanwhile, Schairer hit the right post in the 64th minute. UH Hilo’s John Grover then attempted a shot in the 85th minute but Brandon Yasue (Honolulu/Kaiser) was there for the stop.
Chaminade took 15 shots in the match, six on-goal. Inigo attempted a team-high four shots with Gonsalves, Joseph Wren (Kapolei, O’ahu, Hawai’i/Utah Valley/Kapolei HS), Ryan Anderson (Carlsbad, Calif./Cal State Monterey Bay/San Marcos HS) and Daniel Jebri (Modesto, Calif./Davis Senior) each taking two shots.
UH Hilo had nine looks with two being on target.
Yasue’s save in the waning minutes was his lone stop of the game while Souza made five saves.
The draw means both teams will receive one point in the PacWest Hawai’i Challenge.
The Silverswords are next in action on Thursday, Oct.13 against Holy Names University at the Saint Louis Field pitch. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.