Rebels Tie Up Bears
Sept. 20, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - A depleted UNLV squad was able to come up with a tying first half goal, and would finish the day with a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Northern Colorado on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic at Prentup Field. The Rebels, already down a couple of starters, lost a third to an arm injury during the afternoon and would start the first overtime period with ten freshman on the field. The tie was the second of the season for UNLV, moving its record to 5-2-2, while the Bears now stand at 3-3-1.
"This team continues to fight through adversity and gets results on the road," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "After losing another starter to an injury today, its extremely encouraging to see how much these ladies fight for each other."
The Bears posted the game's first goal early in the first half, when Danielle Birdsall scored in the 8th minute off an assist from Rebecca Lancia. UNLV would knot the game at 1-1 in the 37th minute, thanks to a touch shot by senior Courtney Botelho to the far corner. It was Botelho's first score of the year, coming off an assist by classmate Jenn Wolfe.
UNLV finished the first half with a 7-3 shot advantage, but the score would remain tied at 1-1. Both teams took four shots in the second stanza, and with no score it would go into overtime. The Bears took the only shot of the first extra period, while both teams took two each in the second. Neither team could capitalize on its chances, leading to the 1-1 tie.
The Rebels' final shot advantage was 13-10, and 7-3 with shots on goal, while corner kicks were also in favor of UNLV, 8-5. Kylie Wassell posted two saves in the net for UNLV, and Northern Colorado goalkeeper Natalie D'Adamio would finish with six for the game.
"It's fair to say we could have squeezed out the win with a bit more decisiveness around their net," said Coll. "Working to create shots and being a bit more selfish around the 18-yard box will have to be a focus in the upcoming matches for us."
The Rebels stay in Boulder for their second game in the classic, a Sunday contest against the host Colorado squad at 12:30 pm (PT). That game will have both live stats and live video available at UNLVRebels.com.