Hughes PK Lifts Rebels To Win|
Sept. 3, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. - Senior Shannon Hughes scored the game-winner for the second straight game, and UNLV put on a dominating defensive performance to claim a 1-0 victory at NC State in women's soccer action on Thursday afternoon. The Rebels held NCSU to a total of just three shots, including only one on goal, on the way to improving to 2-1-1 on the season. The host Wolfpack dropped to 3-1 after suffering their first loss of 2009.
It was a defensive game for much of the afternoon, as the teams combined for just 12 total shots. The Rebels held a 6-2 edge on shots at halftime, and forced Wolfpack goalie Kim Kern to come up with three saves to keep the game scoreless after the first 45 minutes.
There was even less offense to be seen in the second half, with the Rebels taking a total of three shots to one for the Wolfpack. But the offensive pressure put on by UNLV finally paid off in the 80th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick. Hughes would take the kick and converted her shot for her second goal of the year and put UNLV up 1-0, a lead it would hold onto over the final 10 minutes.
UNLV's Alicia Lugo needed to make just one save in goal to earn the shutout, the 20th of her career. Kern meanwhile was credited with four saves in the net for the Wolfpack. UNLV took all four corner kicks of the game as well.
The Rebels will remain in North Carolina as they finish their road trip on Saturday when they face No. 24 Duke in Durham at 10 am (PST).