Another Overtime Heartbreaker
Oct. 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV women's soccer team continues to field a very young team that has been fighting hard but coming up just short the past few weeks, and that continued on Sunday as the Rebels lost in the final minute of overtime, 1-0 at Fresno State on Sunday afternoon in Mountain West play from Bulldog Stadium. The Rebels' record is now even at 6-6-2, 1-3 in league play, with all three losses by a single goal. Fresno State meanwhile improved to 5-7-1, 2-2 in the MW.
"This was a much better performance from the team compared to Friday night at San Jose State," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "We just dodged a couple of near misses on corner kicks in the earlier stages of the game, but after that it was pretty even through the rest of the game. Fresno State is a good team, and really tough to play on the turf in their home stadium, the same situation we faced at San Jose State. In the end, its a good performance to build on when we come back home to play on Sunday."
Once again playing a majority of freshmen, as 10 of the 16 players that saw action including all five substitutes were first-year players, the Rebels managed to match the Bulldogs intensity early in the game. After FS took 12 of the first 16 shots in the contest, UNLV came back with a 12-3 edge in the second half, and held a 16-15 advantage going into overtime after neither team could find the back of the net in regulation. That was partly due to the play of both goalkeepers, with UNLV's Kylie Wassell posting seven saves and Katie DeVault eight. With time almost gone in the first overtime, no shot had been taken until Morgan Castain headed in a cross from Shonice Myers, giving the Bulldogs the 1-0 victory in the 99th minute.
UNLV will return to action on Sunday, Oct. 13, when it hosts first-year program Colorado State in a conference match at 1 pm at Peter Johann Field.