Lucky Number Seven
Sept. 23, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Thanks to an impressive defensive performance and an own goal from the visitors, UNLV claimed a school-record seventh straight win on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Idaho in women's college soccer action at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The seven-game win streak tops the previous record of six straight, set in the 2005 season. It's also tied for the fifth-longest win streak in the nation, along with BYU. With their eighth win of the year, the Rebels tie last season's win mark while improving to 8-2-1 in 2012.
UNLV finished the contest with a 21-7 advantage on shots, and seven of those were on goal. Idaho goalkeeper Liz Boyden made several impressive saves however, finishing the game with six to keep the Vandals (3-9) in the contest. While the Rebels had trouble finding the back of the net, they had no trouble with controlling the ball, keeping it on the Idaho side of the field for the vast majority of the game. Idaho was held to only one total shot on goal in the game, which was easily saved by UNLV goalie Kylie Wassell on the way to earning her fourth shutout of the season.
"Idaho played very well today, but we did what we needed to come out on top," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "We haven't had a shutout since Sacramento State (Sept. 7), and our defenders and goalie were just hungry to come up with another one, they all played really well today to shutdown Idaho's attack."
The winning score came in the 75th minute after Macy Jo Harrison sent a ball into the box. Denali Murnan then back-heeled the ball towards the left side of the goal. A Vandal defender attempted to clear the shot, but instead kicked the ball off the shoulder of Boyden and back into their own goal, giving UNLV a 1-0 edge.
It was the fourth one-goal win of the year for UNLV, and the first by a 1-0 score. The Rebels' 16 corner kicks in the game also set a new school record, while Idaho attempted two in the game.
UNLV will now open Mountain West conference play on Saturday, Sept. 29 when it hosts Wyoming at 1 pm.