Seniors Sophie Cortes and Chidera Akubuilo tabbed United Soccer Coaches All-West Region selections.
UNLV downs Nevada, Reno 5-0 Friday night at home to capture Governor's Series points for 2017
UNLV wraps up the 2017 season on Friday at 7 p.m. at Peter Johann Memorial Field with the annual rivalry game against the Wolf Pack on Senior Night.
Senior defender Chidera Akubuilo is one of 30 players in Division I Women's Soccer to be selected as a candidate for the prestigious award.
Senior Sophie Cortes is one of 11 players named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week, the fourth Rebel to earn a nod this season.
2017 (Senior): Team captain and anchor of the back line ... Started all 19 games she playe din ... Recorded goals against Utah Valley on Aug. 25 and against Nevada, Reno in her final collegiate game ... Named to the Mountain West All-Conference Second Team and to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region team ... Became the first player in school history to be named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Award Watch list during the preseason, collegiate soccer's most prestigious award, also the first Rebel to be named a Senior CLASS Award finalist.
2016 (Junior): Leader of the defensive back line and team captain ... Started in all 22 games she played in ... Named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, the first to earn that award in program history ... Earned first career All-Conference honor as a first team selection ... Scored two goals and registered one assist ... Named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 22 ... Earned All-Tournament honors at both the UTRGV Invitational and the UNLV Invitational ... Also named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the UNLV Invitational ... Her penalty kick in the shootout in the conference tournament championship game helped the Rebels advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 and just the fourth time overall.
2015 (Sophomore): Started in 13 of 14 games played…Led all defenders with three goals and seven points…Put five of eight shots on goal…Converted both penalty kick attempts.
2014 (Freshman): Was the only freshman to not only appear in all 19 games, but to start all 19 as well ... As a defender, recorded one goal in UNLV's 3-2 win over Grand Canyon (Aug. 24).
High School: Two-time first team all-league selection as a forward for West Torrance High ... As a senior, led the Warriors to a 23-5-2 mark, a league championship and an appearance in the CIF semifinals, while earning Bay League MVP honors ... Also named All-CIF first team, and was the Daily Breeze Bay League Player of the Year ... Totaled 105 points in her career, off 39 goals and 27 assists ... Ran track her senior season, competing in the 200m. Club: Member of three national championship teams from two different programs ... Has played with Beach Futbol Club since 2009 ... Team won back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014 ... Came to Beach from South Bay Force, another national championship team ... Played for the Force from 2006-09. Personal: Chidera Kimberly Akubuilo ... Born in Harbor City, Calif. ... Daughter of Chukwudi and Ngozi Akubuilo ... Has two brothers, Ike and Tobenna , and one sister, Somkene ... First generation of her family to play Division I sports ... Kinesiology major.