Comeback Bid Falls Short At Utah State|
Oct. 20, 2017
LOGAN, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's soccer found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard for the third straight game, falling at Utah State 2-1 in double overtime Friday afternoon. A Rebel goal with 30 seconds remaining in the game gave UNLV new life, but the comeback bid fell short when the Aggies netted the game-winner less than two minutes into the second overtime.
The three losses in the last three games have all come on the road and marks the first time in two years UNLV has dropped three consecutive games. The result also marked the first time in 2017 the Rebels had lost an overtime game as they had been the ones connecting on the golden goals in the other two extra period games this season.
The defeat drops the Rebels to 12-6 on the year and 4-5 in conference play, with four of five league losses coming away from Peter Johann Memorial Field. UNLV still has plenty to play for with two games left as they are still in reach of finishing in the top six in the league to make the Mountain West Conference Tournament, which will take place in Las Vegas.
THE TURNING POINT: The Rebels looked as if they had stolen the momentum when Michaela Morris evened the game at one in the 89th minute, but it was Utah State who came out firing in overtime. After the home team had several dangerous chances in the first extra frame, the Aggies turned one of those chances into the golden goal in the second extra period, securing the victory in the 111th minute.
STAT OF THE GAME: While the Aggies out-shot the Rebels 15-11 for the game, UNLV held a significant edge in corner kicks at 10-3, but couldn't turn any of those set pieces into goals.
REBEL(S) OF THE GAME: Redshirt sophomore Michaela Morris continues her career year, scoring her ninth goal of the season, which is now tied for the team lead with senior Sophie Cortes.
* UNLV drops under .500 on the road this season at 4-5, with four of the five losses coming in conference play.
* This marks the first time the Rebels have lost three straight in more than two years (the 2015 squad lost three-straight from September 25 - October 2 of that year)
* The last two games will be key for the Rebels' chances to reach the league tournament. UNLV is hosting the Mountain West Conference Tournament Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, where the top six teams from the regular season will 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 35 goals on 30 assists this year.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV wraps up a four-game road stretch Sunday, October 22 at Boise State. Kick off is set for 12 p.m. PT