Oct. 4, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV women’s soccer scored three unanswered goals to defeat New Mexico on the road 3-1 for its first Mountain West win of the 2015 season. The Rebels improve to 6-7-0, 1-3-0 while the Lobos drop to 5-6-0, 3-1-0.
New Mexico's Madisyn Olguin scored the first goal of the game just over a minute into the action. Olguin took control of a bouncing ball and shot it off the hands of goalkeeper Jessie Clark. The Rebels took control of the game right after the goal, limiting New Mexico to two more shots on goal the rest of the game. Samantha Weber scored her first goal of the season in the seventh minute. Off a cross from Jodi Barber, Weber floated a ball over the goalkeeper’s head to tie the game. The Rebels took the lead for good right before halftime. In the 44th minute Lily Sender received a pass from Denali Murnan and finished the ball into the left corner of the net. Sophie Cortes also received an assist on the goal.
Brittney Gideon added an insurance goal less than two minutes into the second half. Jordan Magnin took a corner kick, and Gideon headed the ball into the right corner. Sophie Cortes also assisted on the play. The Lobos had eight shots the rest of the half, but the Rebels’ defense only allowed one shot to be on goal.
UNLV Head Coach Chris Shaw was very pleased about his team’s effort and play after the game. “I think the team finally decided to play up to the level the coaching staff knows they are capable of,” said Shaw. “Playing on the road, second game of the weekend against a solid New Mexico team, I think the team responded great. I know this team can compete with anyone in the conference when they decided to play, and today they decided to play.”
Jessie Clark (1-0) picked up her first collegiate win in her second start of the season, recording two saves in the match.
UNLV finished with a 17-14 shot and 8-3 shots on goal advantage. UNLV will be on the road once again next week to face conference opponent Boise State on Friday at 3:00 p.m.