Rebels Shut Out Tigers in 3-0 Win At Home |
Sept. 29, 2017
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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's soccer finally returned home after spending the majority of September on the road and it was a homecoming the Rebels will be happy with as they took down Colorado College 3-0 Friday night. It marked the second straight shutout for the Scarlet and Gray after the team had managed just one over the first 10 games.
With the victory, UNLV improves to 10-2 on the season - just six wins shy of the program record of 16 set a year ago - and 2-1 in conference play. The Rebels are also undefeated at home in 2017, now at 6-0.
While the defense was stout Friday, the offense did its part too, getting goals from three different Rebels. Senior Sophie Cortes netted her conference-leading eighth goal of the season while redshirt sophomore Michaela Morris and sophomore Katie Ballou each recorded a goal and an assists on the evening.
THE TURNING POINT: The Rebels led 1-0 thanks to Cortes' first-half goal, but the lead felt slim until Morris and Ballou scored back-to-back goals two minutes apart in the 58th and 60th minutes, respectively, to provide some breathing room. The sequence started with Ballou launching a free kick near midfield into the box that found the head of Morris, then ended with Ballou burying a penalty kick after Amanda Galbraith was fouled in the box.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Morris' fourth assist on the season came on a perfect touch pass to Cortes, who launched it from 15 yards out for the score in 17th minute, while the header goal on the free kick was her fifth overall, giving her 14 points on the year - second on the team behind Cortes' 21. Ballou earns honorable mention with her assist-goal combo on the pair of second-half scores.
Head coach Chris Shaw:
On the second consecutive shutout:
"It's huge for us, because that's something we haven't been good at this year. We always want to score and attack and be creative and fun to watch, so sometimes when you commit numbers forward like that you leave yourself a little susceptible in the back. We've talked about being better defensively and we have the personnel to do it, so it's important."
On the overall performance:
"Happy with the shutout, happy with the three goals, they've been tough to break down this year. It was a good performance, we were up for it and there was a lot of energy and they were fun to watch tonight."
* The Rebels have reached double digit wins with seven regular season games left to play, just six shy of the program record of 16 set just last year.
* UNLV is 6-0 at Peter Johann Memorial Field this season.
* The Rebels have not lost two games in a row in two years - a span of 45 games.
* 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 have 26 goals on 23 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 wrap up the weekend Sunday against Air Force at 1 p.m. at Peter Johann Memorial Field.