The University of Hawaii Hilo’s Teani Arakawa, a graduate of King Kekaulike High School, was named Pacific West Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year on Wednesday. As a junior forward/midfielder, she led the PacWest in goals (10), points (27) and assists (7, tied for first). Arakawa was also named preseason POY and later lived up to the hype when she was twice named PacWest Player of the Week after scoring seven goals in September alone.
In addition to her Player of the Year award, Arakawa was one of six Vulcans named to the All-Pac West first team. Teammate Phoebe Barnes was voted Goalkeeper of the Year, while Jazlynn Ellis was Newcomer of the Year. Despite their impressive performances, the Vulcans did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and ended the season ranked No. 25 in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Top 25 poll.
In other news, Teani’s teammate Phoebe Barnes won Goalkeeper of the year award. Additionally, Jazlynn Ellis received recognition as newcomer of year. Meanwhile in Hawaiian Invitational League, Shoots…Get Chance! team is currently standing at 33 points. The men’s basketball team had a remarkable performance as well with Noel Coleman scoring 21 points. Overall, Teani Arakawa has had a stand-out season and has been recognized for her skills and achievements in soccer while University of Hawaii Hilo athletics teams have demonstrated impressive performances across various sports including men’s basketball where Noel Coleman scored 21 points.