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Rebels Fall In Weekend Finale At San Jose State

Oct. 15, 2017

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - It had been more than two years since UNLV women's soccer had lost two games in a row, but that streak ended Sunday with a 3-2 defeat to San Jose State at SJSU's Spartan Soccer Complex.

The Rebels looked as if they were going to rebound from their uncharacteristic performance in Friday's 4-1 loss at Fresno State, scoring two goals in the first half and taking that lead 20 minutes into the final half, but the Spartans had other plans. SJSU scored goals in the 66th and 70th minutes to knot the game at two, then netted the game-winner in the 82nd minute.

UNLV has lost three of its last five games and falls to 12-5 on the year and 4-4 in Mountain West play. With the win, the Spartans are sitting comfortably atop the conference leaderboard with three regular season games remaining.

THE TURNING POINT: The Rebels looked to be in control with a 2-0 lead approaching the midway point of the second half, but SJSU turned on the heat up front and the pressure proved to be too much for the Rebel defense. The Spartan offense got going with a penalty kick in the 66th minute after a foul was called in the box as UNLV was trying to clear a SJSU free kick. Four minutes later, San Jose State tied the game at two after Spartan forward Jennifer Orozo picked off a clear by a UNLV defender and blasted the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out. The momentum had swung to the Spartans at that point and they continued to pressure in the attack, which paid off in the 82nd minute with the game-winner.

STAT OF THE GAME: The Rebels allowed more than two goals for the second straight game after not allowing more than two in any other game this season. Prior to Friday's match at Fresno State, UNLV had allowed 13 goals all year before giving up seven in the two weekend losses.

REBEL(S) OF THE GAME: Junior forward Amanda Galbraith scored her sixth goal of the season in the 21st minute to put the Rebels up 1-0, then assisted on Michaela Morris' goal in the 34th minute to give her seven assists on the year, which is now tied with Sophie Cortes for the team lead in that category.

REBEL NOTES: 
* UNLV drops to .500 on the road this season at 4-4, with three of the four losses coming in conference play. 
* Until Sunday, the Rebels had not lost two games in a row since the 2015 squad lost three-straight from September 25 - October 2 of that year - a streak that ends at 50 games. 
* If Sunday's results hold, the Rebels will enter the final two weekends sixth in the conference standings. UNLV is hosting the Mountain West Conference Tournament Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, where the top six teams from the regular season with compete for the tournament title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
* 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 32 goals on 29 assists this year.

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV's four-game road stretch continues next weekend with matches at Utah State and Boise State on Friday, October 20 and Sunday, October 22, respectively.

 

 

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