Rebels Crush Wolf Pack 5-1
Aug. 29, 2008
LAS VEGAS - UNLV scored four goals in the first 35 minutes of the game and cruised to a 5-1 victory over intrastate rival Nevada, Reno, in women's collegiate soccer action on Friday morning at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The game was the first of the UNLV Nike Classic, which will see UNLV take on Pacific in the second game on Saturday at 1 pm.
The Rebels remained undefeated this year at 2-0-1 and pushed their home unbeaten streak to 11 games with the victory. The scoring started quickly, as 62 seconds into the game sophomore forward Ashleigh Shoughro knocked in a blast from 16 yards out to the far left post. Haley Partridge was credited with an assist on the score.
The next UNLV score came in the 27th minute, when Brittany Flores sent in a cross from deep on the right side of the field, and a sliding Brianna Moore tapped in the ball past UNR goalkeeper Sarah Hunt for the score. Niki Connolly added to the Rebel advantage in the 32nd minute, heading in a pass from Dani Morin from the middle of the box for a 3-0 UNLV lead. Connolly then assisted on the next goal, as she came in on a breakaway and took a hard shot at Hunt that was blocked, but freshman Katherine Orellana came in unguarded on the right side and easily put the ball away for her first career goal in the 35th minute.
UNLV rested the majority of its starters for the second half, but still added to the lead in the 58th minute thanks to Amanda Forrester. The sophomore and Las Vegas native powered her way through several Wolf Pack defenders before unleashing a shot to the right post for a score and a 5-0 Rebel lead. UNR scored its one goal in the 68th minute, taking advantage of a quick restart on a free kick right outside the box to get the ball to Samantha Miller who then scored a shot past backup UNLV goalkeeper Nicole Adams.
"It was a great way to start our home schedule, especially scoring in the first minute," said UNLV head coach Kat Mertz. "We really looked focused out there, and it was nice to get a lot of minutes for our bench players, while allowing our starters to get rested for Saturday's game with Pacific."
UNLV finished the game with a 15-6 edge on shots, and 6-1 edge on corner kicks. Lugo made one save in goal in 61 minutes of action, while Adams also made one save while playing 29 minutes. Hunt was credited with five saves in the net for UNR.