Rebels Bounce Back With 3-1 Win Over Colorado State|
Oct. 6, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's soccer bounced back from its first home loss of the season last Sunday to best the Rams of Colorado State 3-1 Friday night at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The victory improves the Rebels' overall record to 11-3 overall and 3-2 in Mountain West play while the team's 47-game streak without losing back-to-back games continues.
Friday night's game marked the first UNLV home event since Sunday's horrific attack. Both the Rebels and the Rams sported special "Vegas Strong" shirts during pregame warm-ups and came together at midfield for a moment of silence in honor of the victims and in tribute to the first responders, police department and medical staffs who fought to save lives that night. Donations accepted by UNLV raised $2,320 for the Las Vegas Victims' fund.
THE TURNING POINT: After the Rams tied the score at one in the 68th minute, the Rebels used goals six minutes apart in the 77th and 83rd minutes to pull away. Junior forward Amanda Galbraith got the rally started, intercepting a pass and taking it through two Ram defenders before slotting the ball in the right corner for the 2-1 lead. A few minutes later, sophomore midfielder Kate Ballou, who scored UNLV's first-half goal, sent a perfect pass to a streaking Michaela Morris in the box. Morris took a couple touches to her left and sent the ball to the opposite corner, providing the final margin of 3-1 with under 10 to play.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV out-shot the Rams 22-2 for the game - its biggest shot margin of the season.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Katie Ballou gave the Rebels the early lead in the 14th minute on an absolute beauty, scoring from her left foot from 25 yards out on a rainbow shot right into the top corner of the net. The sophomore added an assist on Morris' goal for three total points in the game.
On the moment of silence pregame and Colorado State participating in the #VegasStrong display:
"Talking to Bill (Rams head coach) pregame, what was pretty impactful was how many of his players were affected, whether it was friends, neighbors, coworkers. It was apparent how many people across the country it has impacted, not just us here in Las Vegas. The moment of silence was really powerful. It was really emotional for everyone but I'm glad we could show our support." - Head coach Chris Shaw
On his team's play on an emotional night:
"I thought we showed a lot of heart. It was one of the more dominating performances - I don't know if we've ever held a team two shots in conference play. I'm very pleased with how they played and how they battled back after missing two penalty kicks and giving up an equalizer in the second half. I felt like after the Rams scored we doubled our efforts, stepped up and responded to that." - Head coach Chris Shaw
* UNLV is now 7-1 at Peter Johann Memorial Field this season, having allowed just six goals on its home field.
* The Rebels have not lost two games in a row in more than two years - a span of 47 games.
* The margin of victory could have been larger as the Rebels couldn't connect on two penalty kicks early in the first half.
* 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 29 goals on 24 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's four-game homestand comes to a close Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. match against Wyoming at Peter Johann Memorial Field.