Sun Devils lose to Hawaii 1-0 in overtime

ASU soccer began their final weekend of non-conference games on a sour note losing another overtime, this one 1-0, versus Hawaii.

ASU soccer were looking to start their final non-conference weekend strong, but they couldn’t stay in the win column Friday night.

The Sun Devils fell to Hawaii 1-0 in overtime on an unassisted goal from midfielder Raisa Strom-Okimoto in the 96th minute.

It was Arizona State’s fourth overtime of the season and is 1-2-1 in those games.

Leading up to the goal, Arizona State were shouting for a handball call against Hawaii, but referee ruled it wasn’t a handball.

It was a frustrating night for the Sun Devils as they had 14 fouls compared to Hawaii only having three fouls for the game.

Hawaii outshot Arizona State 20-19 with both goalkeepers making numerous saves to keep their teams in the match.

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Arizona State goalkeeper Nikki Panas finished with nine saves while Hawaii goalkeeper Alexis Mata finished with eight saves.

“Nikki [Panas] has done a great job soaking up the role,” defender Madison Stark said. “It’s hard to fill the role as goalkeeper, especially as a freshman, because you’re new and you don’t know what to expect, but she’s done a great job.

“She [Panas] has a commanding presence back there and I do feel comfortable with her in goal behind me. She’s great with her feet and in the air, and we really trust her.”

The running theme with this Sun Devils team is their inability to finish chances in the final third, and that trend continued as they had numerous chances to score.

Winger Jemma Purfield had three chances in the first half with a shot with a great chance coming in the eighth minute as she had a shot just glance over the bar.

ASU had a lot of chances in the penalty area, but lacked composure as not many chances really challenged Mata.

“We are having the same problem of struggling to finish chances in the final third,” head coach Graham Winkworth said. “We have tried a bunch of…

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