Road Trip Ends With 3-1 Loss At Colorado|
Sept. 22, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, UNLV came out with a much better second half and cut the lead to one before eventually falling 3-1 at Colorado on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic at Prentup Field. The Rebels saw their record drop to 5-3-2 with the setback, while the host Colorado squad improved to 8-1.
"I'm really proud of our effort today, and we really had Colorado on their heels when the score was 2-1," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "We thought we had a chance for a penalty kick, and a 2-2 score with 10 minutes to go would have led to a very exciting finish. It was still a top level second half performance for us, and we were very dangerous against a solid Colorado squad."
The Buffaloes took an early 1-0 lead in the third minute, off a score from close range by Darcy Jerman. Brie Hooks assisted on the score for Colorado. A corner kick led to the second score, as Anne Stuller's kick to the middle of the box was headed by Heather Ward to the right side of the goal. That made the score 2-0 in favor of Colorado in the 39th minute.
Colorado finished the first half with a 12-0 edge on shots. The second half saw the Rebels turn up their attack, with six shots including three on goal. One of those came from freshman Brittney Gideon, who scored her second goal of the year on a hard blast to the left corner after receiving a pass from classmate Gaby Vazquez. Jenn Wolfe also assisted on the score, which came in the 77th minute. A few minutes later Wolfe just missed a long high shot that almost sneaked in under the crossbar. In the 82nd minute, the Rebels were called for a foul on the baseline near the goal and inside the box, leading to a penalty kick for the home team. Jerman would take the PK, and scored to the left side for a 3-1 Colorado edge, which would end up as the final score as well.
The final shot total was 23-6 in favor of Colorado, 11-3 on goal. Kylie Wassell posted a season-high eight saves for UNLV, while Annie Brunner finished with two for Colorado. The Buffs also took 10 corner kicks on the afternoon, to two for the Rebels. Wolfe and Courtney Botelho were both named to the all-tournament team after the game.
"Our freshmen continue to get valuable minutes in tough matches," said Coll. "We had eight freshmen on the field at the same time with 20 minutes to go and never missed a beat. Now we're excited to come back home after playing six consecutive matches on the road."
UNLV plays its first home game since Sept. 1 this coming weekend, with a pair of home matches to open up Mountain West conference play. First up is a Friday night contest against Boise State at 7 pm at Peter Johann Field. That will be followed by a Sunday, Sept. 29 contest against Utah State at 1 pm. Both games will be shown live on the Mountain West Network on UNLVRebels.com, thanks to the student-run UNLV-TV production.