Aztec Ambush
Niki Connolly scored the Rebels' lone goal on Sunday at San Diego State.
Niki Connolly scored the Rebels' lone goal on Sunday at San Diego State.

Oct. 8, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State's Jen Mello scored twice in the first 50 minutes, and the Aztecs posted the first four goals of the game to claim a 4-1 victory over UNLV in Mountain West Conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon.

UNLV (5-8-1, 0-2) actually outshot the home team in the first half 8-6, but Aztec goalie Cat Burson was very impressive in the net, coming up with three saves in each half. SDSU (5-7-1, 1-0-1) would take a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute, when Mello received a pass from Jessica Gordon and beat her defender before sending in a shot to the right corner. Mello added to the lead in the 50th minute, taking a cross from Heather Vandevanter and scoring on a shot to the upper left corner for a 2-0 Aztec advantage.

SDSU sealed the game with a pair of goals three minutes apart. The first came in the 56th minute off a Cat Walker header, with Mariko Strickland assisting on the score. Vandevanter then finished the scoring for the Aztecs in the 59th minute, on a shot to the upper right corner off an assist from Becky Ryan.

UNLV's lone goal came in the 82nd minute on a header by Niki Connolly, off an assist by Dani Morin. The Rebels finished the game with a 15-12 edge on shots, but were outshot 9-4 in the second 45 minutes. UNLV also held a 6-3 edge on corner kicks. Ciera Nero finished with six saves in goal for UNLV.

The Rebels will host their first MWC game of the year on Friday, as part of a doubleheader with the men's team. The UNLV women will play New Mexico at 5 pm, while the Rebel men will take on New Mexico in a MPSF contest at 7:30 pm, both games to be played at Peter Johann Memorial Field.



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