CINCINNATI – It might not be paradise when the University of Cincinnati Bearcats play in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
The U.S. women's national soccer team refused to play a game on the synthetic surface at Aloha Stadium on Sunday, citing poor field conditions and forcing organizers to cancel the event.
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) December 6, 2015
“Very disappointed with the surface, to be honest,” said midfielder Carli Lloyd. “I think coming to Hawaii is great and it’s great to be able to play here. But you take a look at the field, it’s just not good enough … You look at a surface like this, you just worry that people are going to get injured and something’s going to happen.”
The Bearcats (7-5) are scheduled to play San Diego State (10-3), the Mountain West Conference champion. Kickoff is 8 p.m. on Dec. 24.
This will be the Bearcats’ fifth consecutive bowl trip.