Rebels Draw The Cowgirls
Sept. 29, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV women's soccer team saw its school-record seven game win streak snapped, but did extend its unbeaten streak to eight after finishing with a 0-0 double-overtime tie with Wyoming in the Mountain West women's soccer opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
UNLV (8-2-2, 0-0-1 MW) dominated the action on the field for the majority of the time, included one stretch in which the Rebels held Wyoming (7-3-2, 0-0-1) without a shot for a 70-minute span, from 15:51 to the 85:44 mark. The Cowgirls were also outshot in the two overtime periods by a 6-0 margin. For the game, UNLV held a 21-7 edge on shots, and 10-5 on shots on goal.
Three times in the contest UNLV hit the crossbar, which included one high shot by Erica Meier in the 41st minute that Wyoming goalkeeper Courtney Merkle managed to tip it just enough to then bounce off the crossbar and away from the goal. Another good chance for the Rebels was in the 106th minute when Jenn Wolfe took the ball deep into the left side of the box before hitting a quick shot that again hit the crossbar. This time it landed in front of Denali Murnan, but her attempt from eight yards out was stopped by Merkle.
Kylie Wassell posted her fifth shutout of the season for UNLV after collecting five saves in goal, while Merkle finished the day with 10. UNLV's advantage on corner kicks was 8-1 for the game.
UNLV will return to action on Friday, Oct. 5, with a road contest in Colorado Springs, Colo., against Air Force with a 5 pm (PT) start.