Rebels Top 11th-Ranked Washington State 1-0
Sept. 21, 2007
LAS VEGAS - UNLV controlled the flow of the game the entire afternoon to claim the second win over a ranked team in school history, 1-0 victory over Washington State on Friday from Peter Johann Field. WSU entered the game as one of 19 unbeaten teams in the nation and ranked in three polls, including 11th in Soccer America, but a second half goal gave the host UNLV squad the win in the second game of the UNLV Rebel Classic. In the day's first game, Iowa State held off Nevada, Reno 2-1.
The Rebels held WSU to just one shot over the opening 45 minutes, but the Cougars almost scored on their second shot of the game, less then a minute into the second half. Allison Scurich headed in a ball off a corner kick that was headed for the goal until Rebel goalkeeper Alicia Lugo leaped up at the last second to make the save.
UNLV broke the scoreless tie in the 64th minute, thanks to a great defensive play from Brie Kuhne who stopped a Cougar counter attack by getting in the way of a hard kick that bounced back off her chest towards the Cougar side of the field. With WSU slow to respond to the sudden change in possession, Erica Jensen tracked down the ball, and passed off to freshman Kristen Shim, who dribbled into the left side of the box unmarked and fired off a shot to the far right post for the score. It was the first career score for Shim, and put UNLV up 1-0.
Washington State had a few more chances, but couldn't get past Lugo, who made another outstanding save, this time a diving save to her left on a shot by Natalie Elkind with just more then two minutes left in the game.
Lugo finished the game with three saves to earn her third shutout of the year, while Brynn Bemis posted six saves in the net for WSU. UNLV held a 10-5 edge on shots, and 5-4 edge on corner kicks.
The UNLV Rebel Classic concludes on Sunday, as UNLV and Iowa State face off at 11 am, followed by Washington State and Nevada, Reno.