Rebels Blank Rams 1-0 For Conference Win
Oct. 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Three UNLV freshmen all factored in the lone goal of the game, giving the Rebels a 1-0 shutout victory over Colorado State on Sunday afternoon in Mountain West women's soccer action from Peter Johann Field. The win improved UNLV's record to 7-6-2, 2-3 in league play, while CSU dropped to 2-9-2, 1-5 in the MW.
"It was vital for us to get a win today, and I was pleased with how we played, overall it was a good performance," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "Colorado State is a well coached team, and we knew we had to tighten up in the second half, I felt we did a good job making changes to get better scoring chances."
The Rebels controlled the flow of action for the entire afternoon, and that was reflected in the shot totals, with a decisive 19-4 advantage for UNLV. That included 10-2 on shots on goal. The first half saw the Rebels take a total of 11 shots, to just three for the Rams. UNLV shut down in the second half, allowing only one shot, which was easily saved by Rebel goalkeeper Kylie Wassell, who would pick up her fifth shutout of the season.
UNLV's game-winner was set up by freshman Miranda Rawlings' corner kick, that was sent into the middle of the box in front of the goal. Fellow freshman Katie Vanderzwaag then headed the ball down to Dakota Blazak, who blasted a shot to the back of the net for the score in the 70th minute. Blazak's goal, the first in her career, put UNLV up by a 1-0 score.
Wassell was called upon to make only two saves for the shutout, while Maggie Sherman finished with nine saves in the goal for CSU. UNLV also took four of the games' five corner kicks.
UNLV returns to action next weekend with a pair of road games, beginning on Friday, Oct. 18 at San Diego State at 7 pm. That will be followed by a Sunday, Oct. 20 contest at New Mexico with a 12 pm (PT) start.