Rebels Hold Off Air Force 1-0
Oct. 5, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - Playing on a very cold and windy afternoon, the UNLV women's soccer team extended its school-record unbeaten streak to nine games with a 1-0 victory at Air Force on Friday from Cadet Soccer Stadium. By handing the Falcons their first home loss of the season, UNLV improved to 9-2-2, 1-0-1 in the Mountain West. Air Force dropped to 5-4-3, 0-2 in league play.
"We really battled like warriors today in very tough conditions," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "Our team came in knowing that Air Force was unbeaten at home so it was going to be a battle. We knew it would take a strong start, and we did that by earning three corner kicks in a row, which led to the goal."
The winning goal came from Denali Murnan, her second score of the year. Following a third straight corner kick, Air Force cleared the it out of the box but Murnan gathered the ball and sent a shot to the left side from 10 yards out in the 13th minute.
That would be the only score of the day, despite both teams finishing with 10 shots each. Air Force actually held a 7-2 edge on shots on goal, but Rebel goalkeeper Kylie Wassell stopped all seven to earn her third straight shutout and sixth of the season. Kelly Stambaugh finished with one save for the Falcons. Corner kicks were 6-4 in favor or Air Force as well.
UNLV will return to action on Friday, Oct. 12, when it hosts San Diego State at 7 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field. It will also be Breast Cancer Awareness night at UNLV, and all fans wearing pink will receive $1 admission, while kids 12 and under are always free.