Rebels End Road Trip With Loss At Boise State|
Oct. 22, 2017
BOISE, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women's soccer suffered its fourth straight loss in its last road game of 2017, falling 6-1 at Boise State Sunday afternoon. The Rebels have lost five of their last seven to fall to 12-7 overall and 4-6 in conference play, while Sunday's defeat mathematically eliminated them from the Mountain West Tournament, which will take place at UNLV's Peter Johann Memorial Field October 31 - November 4.
The Broncos used four first-half goals, including two in the first 10 minutes, to take a lead they never relinquished. Senior Sophie Cortes helped the Rebels avoid a shutout, scoring her career-high 10th goal of the season in the 83rd minute.
It has been an uncharacteristic couple of weeks for the Scarlet and Gray, who entered the four-game road stretch in second place in the Mountain West at 12-3 overall and 4-2 in league play. The four-game skid marks the program's first four-game losing streak since 2006 and is the most consecutive losses under fourth-year head coach Chris Shaw. The six Boise State goals Sunday were also the most allowed to an opponent since the Rebels gave up six to Arizona State on August 28, 2015.
THE TURNING POINT: Sunday was a must-win for both squads for their league tournament hopes and Boise State used home field momentum to take control early, scoring less than a minute into the game to grab the lead before adding another goal in the eighth minute to extend the margin to 2-0. The Rebels never recovered as the Broncos went on to score two more first half goals to all but put the game away.
STAT OF THE GAME: Cortes' goal in the 83rd minute kept UNLV from being shutout, which has only happened twice this season.
REBEL(S) OF THE GAME: Cortes is finishing her final collegiate season strong, netting UNLV's lone goal against the Broncos after assisting on Friday's game-tying goal in the 89th minute at Utah State. The speedy midfielder now has career highs in goals (10), assists (8) and points (28) and leads the team in all three categories.
* UNLV finishes 4-6 on the road in 2017, with five of the six losses coming in conference play.
* This is the first time since 2006 the Rebels have lost four straight games.
* The Rebels are mathematically eliminated from the 2017 Mountain West Conference Tournament, regardless of the results of the final regular season game. The two teams ahead of UNLV - Air Force and Utah State - both own head-to-head victories over the Rebels, so there is no scenario left where UNLV can earn one of the six bids to the tournament.
* Cortes' 28 points and eight assists are both tied for third-best in a single season in program history, while her 10 goals rank tied for sixth. For her career, her 14 goals are tied for 10th all-time, her 45 points rank tied for 8th all-time and her 17 assists are fifth-most in program history.
* 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 36 goals on 30 assists this year.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will finish out the season at home Friday in the annual Governor's Series match against Nevada, Reno. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Peter Johann Memorial Field on Senior Night, with five seniors being honored during pregame festivities.