Kuhne Saves The Day|
Aug. 27, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore defender Brie Kuhne saved the day for UNLV, scoring her first career goal with one second left on the clock to force overtime, and the Rebels escaped with a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Oregon State on Sunday afternoon in the Cougar Classic women's soccer tournament. With the tie, UNLV moved to 0-1-1, while the Beavers also are 0-1-1 after the weekend.
OSU opened the scoring in the first half, when Melissa Peck headed in a cross from Jodie Taylor in the 25th minute for a 1-0 advantage. That score almost held up for the win, as UNLV could not find the back of the net, despite holding a 13-11 edge on shots in the opening 90 minutes, and a 12-5 edge on corner kicks as well. In the final minute the Rebels sent the ball from midfield down to right outside of the penalty box. With players from both teams battling for possession, Armani Rice emerged with the ball and sent a pass over to Kuhne on the left side, and she sent a shot to the far post at 89:59, tying the score at 1-1.
It was a defensive battle in both overtime periods, with the Beavers holding a 4-1 edge on shots, but neither team could come up with the golden goal. Freshman Alicia Lugo made her first career start in goal for UNLV, and posted six saves for the game, including three in the two overtime periods. Melissa Onstad finished with five saves in goal for OSU.
The Rebels will now return to Las Vegas, and will play their home opener this weekend as they host the UNLV adidas Classic. UNLV meets UC Irvine on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 3:30 pm, while New Mexico and Oakland play in the first game at 1 pm. The Rebels will close out the tournament with a Sept. 4 contest against Oakland at 1:30 pm, with all games at Peter Johann Memorial Field.