Rebels Cut Down Lumberjacks 2-0|
Aug. 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV posted two goals in a five-minute span midway through the first half and turned in a strong defensive effort to post a 2-0 season-opening win over Northern Arizona on Friday night in women's college soccer action from Peter Johann Memorial Field.
"It was a great first win, and I'm very happy for the players," said first year head coach Michael Coll. "We talked before the game about performing at a high level at home, and I felt we did that tonight, especially in the first half."
The Rebels dominated the action in the first half, with a commanding 11-1 edge on shots. The night's first goal came from junior forward Jenn Wolfe. Freshman Alexis Peterson started the play when she sent up a long high ball from the midfield, and Wolfe outraced the defenders to track it down. Then, she simply took on NAU goalkeeper Natalie Gilbertson one-on-one before slotting a shot to the top right corner for the score in the 26th minute.
UNLV kept up the pressure on the Lumberjacks, and took advantage of a corner kick for the second goal of the game. This time, senior Julie Owens took the corner and kicked a perfect ball into the middle of the box, where freshman and Las Vegas native Addy Guida came flying in to head the ball into the right side of the net from five yards out. That goal, coming in the 31st minute, made it a 2-0 score, which would hold up the rest of the game.
The night finished with UNLV holding a 15-5 edge on shots, and 4-3 on corner kicks. Gilbertson was credited with six saves in goal, while UNLV's Kylie Wassell posted one save in 90 minutes of action to pick up her 10th career shutout.
UNLV closes out the weekend with another home contest, hosting Hawaii on Sunday night at 6 pm.