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UVU soccer: Utah Valley drops 2-1 overtime decision at Hawaii in season opener

Breanna DeWaal (front) drives the ball upfield on Friday at Waipaio Peninsula Stadium in Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii. DeWaal scored UVU's lone goal of the match in a 2-1 overtime setback to Hawaii in the team's season opener.
Breanna DeWaal (front) drives the ball upfield on Friday at Waipaio Peninsula Stadium in Waipahu, Oahu, Hawaii. DeWaal scored UVU's lone goal of the match in a 2-1 overtime setback to Hawaii in the team's season opener.
Courtney Metzger, UVU Athletics

Sarah Lau found the back of the net in the 99th minute to give Hawaii a 2-1 overtime win over Utah Valley on Friday night in the OHANA Hotels by Outrigger Shootout at Waipaio Peninsula Stadium.

"We played really well and I'm extremely happy with our team's effort," said Utah Valley head coach Chris Lemay. "I'm really proud of our team and the way our players performed. We were just on the wrong end of the scoreboard tonight. You have to give credit to Hawaii. They played their brand very well. It was a great and entertaining soccer match. If we perform the way we did tonight, more often than not, the results will go our way."

UH committed a foul in the box in the 21st minute, and Breanna DeWaal took advantage, firing a penalty kick past the UH keeper to give UVU a 1-0 lead.

Hawaii's Raisa Strom-Okimoto scored the equalizer in the 35th minute as she headed in a cross to tie the game, 1-1. Izzy Deutsch and Lillie French were credited with assists on the goal.

The Rainbow Wahine secured the match with a golden goal in the first overtime period (99th minute) as Lau found a deflected ball and back-heeled it into the goal to give UH a 2-1 overtime victory.

Utah Valley out-shot Hawaii, 17-14, including a 6-5 advantage on goal. DeWaal led both teams with eight shots, including a match-best five shots on goal. Tori Smith had three shots with one on goal, while Breanna McCarter recorded two shots on the night. Brooklyn Nielsen registered a pair of saves in nearly 99 minutes of action in the box.

The Wolverines (0-1-0) have the opportunity to bounce back on Sunday as the team plays its second match of the Outrigger Shootout against Houston Baptist. HBU is 0-1-0 on the season after dropping a 2-1 double overtime decision to Fairfield on Friday.

"We feel really good about continuing to build on our effort in tonight's match," Lemay said. "We're hungry to get a result and I'm confident our team will have a chip on its shoulder for Sunday's match."

Utah Valley and Houston Baptist are set to kick off on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. MT.

Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.