Seniors Lead The Way|
Aug. 30, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Seniors Jamie McCoy and Shannon Hughes both scored goals to lead the UNLV women's soccer team to its first win of the year, a 2-1 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in the final game of the UNLV Nike Classic on Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels improved to 1-1-1 with the win, while CSU Bakersfield dropped to 2-2. In the day's other game, New Mexico posted a 6-2 win over Illinois State.
The Rebels dominated the game offensively, taking a total of 15 shots while only allowing a total of four by the Roadrunners, including just two on goal. UNLV would take a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute thanks to McCoy's first career goal. With the ball in the midfield, Danielle O'Neil sent a ball through the CSUB backline. McCoy outraced the defenders for the ball, took the goalie on one-on-one and slotted a shot to the left post from 18 yards out for the score.
After taking five shots in the first half, UNLV doubled that performance with 10 in the second, nearly connecting on several crossing passes. The second goal however came when the Rebels were awarded a corner kick in the 70th minute. Hughes took the kick, and curved her shot towards the inside of the left post. Roadrunner goalie Kym Gause attempted to make a play on the ball, but the shot went off her hands into the net for a UNLV score, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead.
It looked like UNLV would earn its first shutout of the year, but with just 25 seconds left, CSUB was awarded a penalty kick following an inadvertent hand ball in the box by a Rebel defender. Raquel Gervas took the PK for the Roadrunners, and hit her shot to the left corner for the score in the 90th minute to make it a 2-1 contest.
Alicia Lugo made one save in the net and gave up one goal on the penalty kick for UNLV, while Gause was credited with seven saves and two goals allowed. UNLV also held a 10-1 edge on corner kicks.
The Rebels will return to action this week when they make their first-ever trip to the state of North Carolina. UNLV will play at NC State in Raleigh on Thursday at 2 pm (PST)., and then will face Duke in Durham on Saturday at 10 am (PST).