Rebels Suffer First Home Loss of 2013|
Sept. 29, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV scored on its first shot 44 seconds into the game, but could not find the back of the goal again while Utah State scored twice to claim a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon in Mountain West women's soccer action at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels dropped to 6-4-2, 1-1 in league play, while Utah State improved to 5-4-2, 1-1 in the MW.
"We thought at the time that getting such an early goal was great, but looking back it might have hurt us, as it might of led to a little complacency by our players," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "And Utah State is not a team to let that happen against. If we want to continue to win in this conference, we will have to play with a higher level of effort for the entire game then we did today."
The Rebel goal came in the first minute on Jenn Wolfe's fifth score of the year, thanks to an assist by Courtney Botelho from the left side. From the middle of the box, Wolfe sent a hard shot to the right side of the goal, making it a 1-0 lead for UNLV. The lead held up until the 36th minute, when Jayne Robinson headed in a corner kick from Jessica Brooksby from close range. That tied the game up 1-1, which would be the halftime score as well. UNLV finished the half with a 5-3 edge on shots.
The second half saw the Rebels double the shot total of Utah State, 9-4, but it was the Aggies that would cash in for another score. This time a through ball was sent through the Rebel backline, and Jennifer Flynn outraced the defenders to the ball. Alone with only Rebel goalkeeper Kylie Wassell in front of her, Flynn drove down the left side to draw our Wassell and eluded another defender before scoring on the empty net from 12 yards out. That score, in the 71st minute, put USU up 2-1, which would hold up as the final score.
Jeannie Woller posted four saves in goal for the Aggies, while Wassell notched three for UNLV. Corner kicks were 8-3 in favor of UNLV, while shots on goal were even at five each.
UNLV will play its first conference road games of the season next weekend, beginning with a Friday, Oct. 4 contest at San Jose State, starting at 7 pm.