Record-Setting Night For First Place Rebels
Oct. 26, 2007
LAS VEGAS - On a record-setting night from Peter Johann Memorial Field, the UNLV women's soccer team won its fourth straight contest and moved its unbeaten steak to seven games with a 2-0 victory over Air Force in Mountain West Conference action on Friday.
The win puts the Rebels one game closer to claiming their second-ever MWC regular season championship, as they need just one win in their final two games to clinch a share of the title. The seven-game unbeaten streak is also the longest in school history, and has moved them to 9-3-5 overall, 4-0-1 in league play. Air Force meanwhile drops to 2-13-2, 0-6 in the MWC.
After a scoreless first half, the Rebels stepped up their offense, taking eight shots over the final 45 minutes. Their increased offensive pressure drew a foul in the penalty box when Jessica Destito was taken down, awarding UNLV a penalty kick. Senior forward Katie Carney converted the kick for a 1-0 lead in the 67th minute, making her sixth goal of the season, and it was also the ninth game-winning goal in her career, setting a new UNLV record.
The Rebels scored an insurance goal five minutes later, when the Rebels pushed the ball up close to the goal, and Jessica Destito took a shot that bounced off Air Force goalie Erin Wallace to Amanda Forrester. Forrester quickly placed the ball in the back of the net for her second goal of the season, giving UNLV a 2-0 edge in the 72nd minute.
Alicia Lugo finished with four saves in goal to post her ninth shutout of the season, which is a new UNLV school record, as she had been tied with Jenna Huff with eight. Wallace was credited with five saves in the net for the Falcons. UNLV held a 14-6 edge on shots, and 5-1 on corner kicks for the night.
The Rebels will return to action on Sunday, when they face Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., in a 12 pm (PST) contest.