Setback In San Diego
Oct. 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO (UNLVRebels.com) - San Diego State scored 68 seconds into the contest and added two more scores on the way to a 3-0 win over UNLV in Mountain West women's soccer action on Friday night at the SDSU Sports Deck. UNLV saw its record drop back to .500 at 7-7-2, 2-4 in league play, while SDSU remained in a tie for first at 5-1 (7-6-2 overall).
"We knew tonight would be very tough against a team with a dominating home record that stretches back to the 2011 season," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "I was disappointed that we gave up such a soft goal in the first minute and a second soft goal again in the first half that could have really broken our spirits. Instead we fought hard and started to cause them problems with quick play around their goal."
The Aztecs' first score came from Hannah Keane, after collecting a throw-in from Haley Palmer and scoring from 15 yards out in the second minute. Kelsey Booth then put SDSU up 2-0 in the 27th minute, scoring from close range on the right side. Keane and Evie Millynn assisted on the score. The game would go into halftime with SDSU up 2-0, and the Aztecs also held a 5-3 edge on shots.
Both teams got off more shots in the second stanza, nine for SDSU and seven for the Rebels. But again it would be the home team that came up with a score, this time from Kory Spotts from six yards out in the 67th minute, on an assist from Victoria Barba.
"At halftime we talked about pushing the tempo and taking more shots from the good approach play and it deserved at least one goal in the end," said Coll. "With eleven freshmen seeing considerable time tonight I was proud that they never gave up and kept their goalkeeper busy saving shots and their defenders busy with a few goal line clearances. Jenn Wolfe's shot off the crossbar would have made the game very interesting had it gone in, but it wasn't meant to be. None of us are happy with a loss, but there were plenty of positives for the team to carry into Albuquerque for the New Mexico match on Sunday."
SDSU finished with a 14-10 edge in shots for the game, and 7-5 in shots on goal. Corner kicks were 5-4 in favor of the Aztecs. UNLV goalkeeper Kylie Wassell posted four saves on the night, while Melanie Vaughn finished with five to earn the shutout.
The Rebels close out the weekend with a road game at New Mexico on Sunday, starting at 12 pm (PT).