Late Goal Costs Rebels Conference Opener At New Mexico|
Sept. 22, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's soccer ran into a road block Friday night in Albuquerque in its Mountain West opener, dropping a 2-1 contest to New Mexico at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos scored in the 75th minute to break a 1-1 tie and the Scarlet and Gray couldn't find any late game magic this time.
The loss was just the Rebels' second of the season as they move to 8-2 on the year and 0-1 in league play, while their four-game winning streak came to an end.
This is the second-straight year UNLV has lost the first game of league play, with the 2016 team going on to finish out the regular season unbeaten before its postseason run to the first round of the NCAA tournament. The current squad will hope to do the same and that will start with Sunday's game at San Diego State, a rematch of last year's Mountain West tournament championship.
THE TURNING POINT: After the Lobos drew first blood in the 53rd minute, UNLV responded quickly with senior star Sophie Cortes taking the ball the length of the field and feeding it to junior Caitlyn Kreutz for the game-tying score. The Rebels would have a handful of chances to take the lead after that, but it was New Mexico who found the net for the game-winning goal in the 76th minute, punching it past a charging Elly Reynada, who was making her first career start in goal in place of senior Jordan Sallee.
STAT OF THE GAME: Despite giving up two goals on a couple of challenging plays, Reynada was solid in her first collegiate start, making four saves on the night.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Cortes continues to be the engine behind the Rebel offense. The midfielder took matters into her own hands after UNLV got down 1-0 early in the second half, dribbling from her own 18-yard box to the Lobos' box on the opposite side of the field, beating several defenders in her path. She laid off the ball perfectly to a streaking Kreutz, who buried it in the back of the net from 12 yards out. It was Cortes' team and conference-leading fifth assist of the year.
* The Rebels lost their conference opener for the second consecutive season, but will hope to repeat the results from last year when they went on to win the regular season title after the loss
* Cortes nabbed her fifth assist of the season, which leads the team and the conference, while Kreutz scored her third goal of the year
* UNLV is now 3-2 on the road in 2017
* UNLV finished its non-conference slate with an 8-1 record, a program best through the first nine games, and an .889 winning percentage - also a program-best
* Rebels finish non-league play unbeaten at home at 5-0
* Rebels have 22 goals on 21 assists this year and are on pace to break the goals and assists records of 51 and 50 set just last year
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will have another tough test Sunday, facing an always formidable San Diego State Sunday at noon at the SDSU Sports Complex. The two teams played to two draws a year ago, with the Rebels nabbing the tournament title by edging out the Aztecs in a shootout in the championship game.