Delgado's Golden Goal Lifts Rebels
Aug. 24, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
Sophomore forward Isabelle Delgado's goal less then a minute into overtime lifted UNLV women's soccer past Grand Canyon 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the UNLV Rebel Classic. The Rebels improved to 2-0, the first time since 2010 the team has won its first two games of the season. UNLV finished second overall in the tournament behind UC Riverside, who was awarded first place thanks to goal differential after both teams finished with 2-0 records.
"It was a dogfight today, with the way Grand Canyon played us, their aggressiveness and high pressure on the ball," said UNLV head coach Chris Shaw, only the second coach in team history to win their first two games. "We were forced to change and adjust our game plan, but at the end of the day the goal is to get the win, so I'm happy with the end result. I hate that it went to overtime after we held such a late lead, but there is also no more exciting way to win then an overtime goal."
UNLV was able to bounce back and score the golden goal after giving up a late score to Grand Canyon that tied the game at 2-2 with less then four minutes left in regulation. The Rebels did not waste anytime in putting the Antelopes away in the extra period, controlling the ball right from the start. Junior Denali Murnan moved down the left side and sent in a cross to Delgado who was unmarked inside the box. Delgado redirected the pass into the net from six yards, for both her first career goal and first career game-winner, coming in the 91st minute (90:49).
"I knew I was completely wide open, and when the ball came to me I just went for it and hoped it would go in," said Delgado of her golden goal.
Twice UNLV had taken one-goal leads in the game, and both times the Antelopes would tie the score thanks to converting a penalty kick following a Rebel handball. The first goal of the game was provided by junior forward Jodi Barber, who is in her first year on the Rebel squad. Following a goal kick by the GCU keeper, there was a scramble for the ball between the teams before the midfield line. Jordan Magnin then came away with the ball and then headed the ball to Barber who drove towards the goal. She eluded one defender before shooting through goalkeeper Blakely Fraasch to the back of the net from 12 yards out, putting UNLV ahead 1-0 in the 21st minute.
The Antelopes tied the game in the 32nd minute following a called handball on UNLV. Maria Monterroso converted the penalty kick for GCU, making it a 1-1 contest in the 32nd minute. The game remained tied for the next 25 minutes, until the Rebels were able to earn a corner kick, one of seven they would have on the day. Dakota Blazak took the kick from the left side, and sent the ball into the close side of the box. Murnan would get her head on the ball, sending it towards the middle where freshman defender Chidera Akubuilo was there to tap it in for the score. That put the Rebels ahead 2-1 in the 67th minute.
Blazak's score nearly held up for the game winner, with the contest entering the final minutes and UNLV still ahead. A second handball of the game stopped that, with the Rebels once again getting called for the violation inside the box which awarded another PK to the Antelopes. Monterroso once again took the kick and converted, making it a 2-2 game in the 87th minute. Neither team could find a third goal in regulation, sending the contest into overtime.
Grand Canyon finished with a 13-9 edge on shots, though the Rebels' had three shots on goal to two for the Antelopes, both of which were saved by Rebel keeper Jordan Sallee. Fraasch posted three saves in goal for GCU.
Three UNLV players were named to the all-tournament team: Murnan, Akubuilo and Brittney Gideon. Akubuilo was also named Outstanding Defensive Player and Sallee the Outstanding Goalkeeper, while Tyler Cunningham from UC Riverside was selected as both Outstanding Offensive Player and Outstanding Player of the Tournament.
UNLV returns to action with another weekend tournament, this time the UNLV Nike Invitational on Friday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 31. The Rebels will face Colorado on Friday at 7 pm, and Saint Francis on Sunday at 10:30 am, with all four games being playing at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The fourth team in the event is Kent State.
All-Tournament Team 1. Denali Murnan UNLV 2. Rachel Mina GCU 3. Tyler Cunningham UCR 4. Adrian Nixt NAU 5. Maria Monterrooso GCU 6. Brittney Gideon UNLV 7. Chidera Akubuilo UNLV 8. Alina Cheatham UCR 9. Amber Marani UCR 10. Demi Schmeider NAU 11. Taylor Layton GCU 12. Haley Wingender NAU