Rainbow Wahine soccer team bonds at camp 06/08/2022 by vigourusa Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Take pleasure in this free story! Two nights of roughing it on the North Shore served as a unifying run-up to the trials of coaching camp for the College of Hawaii soccer group. The Rainbow Wahine formally opened preseason camp with health testing on Tuesday earlier than heading out to Mokuleia to spend a few days tenting out in tents and constructing bonds inside a roster of 16 returnees and 9 newcomers. “We have so much diversity in the group, (it’s) really making sure we take the time to introduce them to our culture and our state,” UH coach Michele Nagamine stated of a roster that features 5 worldwide gamers. “It’s very nice to see them having fun with that with the thought in thoughts that, sure, we’re getting ready to compete. “Part of that preparation process is building trust and getting to know each other and having each other’s back off the field.” The retreat was a no glamp-ing zone (though Nagamine was afforded the luxurious of a cot courtesy of assistant coach Kaula Rowe), and the Wahine did get their first on-field coaching session on Wednesday night time at Leilehua Excessive Faculty. “My freshman year we did that and I made relationships I’ll have for life, and (I’m) going to some of their weddings now,” senior goalkeeper Lauren Marquez stated of the tenting journey. “It was amazing. I learned a lot about (the newcomers) especially, because they were a COVID class so we didn’t get to see them on the (recruiting) visits. So we really got to know everyone a little bit better — especially sleeping on the floor.” The Wahine returned to Manoa on Thursday morning and held their first full on-campus follow within the afternoon, 10 days earlier than an Aug. 14 exhibition match at Northern Arizona and two weeks forward of the Aug. 18 regular-season opener at Grand Canyon in Phoenix. The primary of UH’s 5 street journeys through the common season concludes with a match at Arizona State on Aug. 21. Nagamine heads into her twelfth season as head coach with UH’s high two scorers final season — ahead Kelci Sumida (5 targets) and midfielder Eliza Ammendolia (three targets) — main the assault. Each had been voted to the All-Huge West second group final 12 months and share team-captain duties with fellow seniors in Marquez and defender Emily Cottrell this fall. After having the 2020 season canceled, the Wahine went 2-9-3 final 12 months and ended the season on the upswing. They went 2-2-2 of their remaining month of the season with wins at UC Davis and CSU Bakersfield of their remaining street journey of the season. The finale in opposition to UC San Diego was referred to as off on Halloween morning as a consequence of COVID-19 protocols. “All of the captains were part of the group that did make the Big West tournament (in 2019), so we know what that’s like and we really want to get back there and hopefully go further in it,” Sumida stated. “So we want to instill that mentality in the younger people and hopefully we can start winning more games.” Sumida drew outsized consideration from defenses final season, and Nagamine hopes the return of sophomore forwards Amber Gilbert and Krista Peterson can diffuse among the stress. Gilbert sat out final season as a consequence of a knee damage and Peterson missed three matches. Nagamine was additionally impressed by targets by sophomore Mia Foster and senior Taylor Caporus throughout Wednesday’s session at Leilehua. “We’re going to be a fun team to watch just because we’re going to have so much pace up top,” Nagamine stated. “We’re starting to see some firepower from different people. … So hopefully we’ll be able to take some of that pressure off of (Sumida) and let her do her thing without getting triple-teamed all the time.” After the journey to Arizona, the Wahine will make their residence debut within the Outrigger Soccer Kickoff. UH faces Seattle on Aug. 25 and Nicholls State on Aug. 28 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.