Women's Soccer Hangs Tough Against BYU
Oct. 24, 2002
PROVO, Utah - A two goal lead in the first half positioned the UNLV women's soccer team to something it had not accomplished in five previous meetings versus Mountain West Conference rival Brigham Young. It was not meant to be, however, as the Cougars made a second half comeback to defeat the Rebels, 3-2, Thursday night at South Field.
Freshman Nickie Olson (Las Vegas) had the game-opening goal on a pass from sophomore teammate Jessika Vasquez (Las Vegas) in the 14th minute to give the Rebels the early 1-0 push. Three minutes later, senior co-captain Cristyn Enea (San Ramon, Calif.) scored her first goal of the season at 17:42 unassisted for the 2-0 lead. Olson has now scored points in three consecutive conference matches.
Two second half goals by Brigham Young senior Jeni Viernes (45:44 and 59:59) tied the match up and had both teams scrambling for a game-winning goal opportunity in the remaining minutes of regulation.
In the 75th minute, BYU denied UNLV a chance at a first time victory with Brooke Bowman putting away the game-winner assisted by teammate Lydia Ojuka. Last season, the Rebels scored their first-ever goal against the Cougars during regular season and conference tournament play.
Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Huff (Huntington Beach, Calif.) had a career night with seven saves, while BYU goalkeeper Ashley Smith made five saves. The Cougars (11-5, 4-0 MWC), defending conference champions, extend their undefeated win streak versus the Rebels to 6-0.
UNLV (10-5-1, 2-2 MWC) will next contend with conference rival Utah on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. (MST) in Salt Lake City.