(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i soccer team fell in double overtime at UC Irvine, 1-0 on Friday night.

 
As time ticked away and the match looked to end in a tie, the Anteaters sneaked a goal past the 'Bows backline with just five seconds left in the second overtime period. Junior goalkeeper Alexis Mata kept the match in check with eight saves, adding to a streak of over 314 minutes of scoreless soccer. The last goal she allowed dated back to Sept. 16 against San Francisco, before UCI capitalized with the lone score of the match.

 
"Super proud of my team's performance and effort tonight," said head coach Michele Nagamine.  "They came out ready to play, and we impressed a lot of people with our defensive organization, and not to mention our heart. It didn't go our way, and that's tough to handle, but I know our response on Sunday will be tremendous."

 
UH (5-4-1) continues a trend of bad luck in Big West Conference openers, losing the first match of the conference schedule for the seventh consecutive season. UCI (5-5-1) the defending Big West season champions from a year ago have now won three-straight and have started off the conference schedule with a win for the third time in four years.

 
The offensive pace was set and controlled throughout the evening by the Anteaters, outshooting the Rainbow Wahine 24-4, including nine shots on goal, compared to two. It also marks the second time this season Mata has faced 20 plus shots by an opponent. 

 
The 'Bows will be tested again with a visit to CSUN on Sunday. The Matadors also dropped their conference opener, with a 1-0 loss at Cal Poly, just a few minutes before the conclusion of UH and UCI.  Start time for the match will be at 2 p.m. HT and fans can follow along with a live broadcast on bigwest.tv.