Senior Night Success|
Nov. 1, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Jenn Wolfecould not have scripted a better finish to her Senior Night, as the UNLV forward tied a school record when she blasted in the game-winner with 11 seconds left in the second overtime for a 2-1 victory over in-state rival Nevada, Reno in the season finale for both teams on Friday night in Mountain West women's soccer action from Peter Johann Field. Playing in front of a season-high home crowd of 1,114 UNLV improved to 10-8-2 on the year and 5-5 in league play. The Wolf Pack dropped to 5-10-4, 3-6-1 in the MW.
The contest was also part of the Governor's Series, sponsored by NV Energy. The teams will have to wait to see if they play each other in next week's MW Tournament before the Rebels can claim the three points for the victory on Friday night.
"We couldn't ask for a better finish, for one of our seniors to score the game-winner in overtime in front of a big home crowd, and against our rival, the entire team is unbelievably happy for her," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll.
The Rebels finish in sixth place in the Mountain West thanks to the win, jumping past Wyoming on the final day. That earns the team the No. 6 seed in next week's 2003 Mountain West Tournament, and UNLV will open up play in the first round on Monday, Nov. 4 at 3 pm (PT) against seventh-seed Wyoming. That winner will advance to the second round on Tuesday to play third-seed Boise State, again at 3 pm (PT). New Mexico is the host of this year's tournament, which is held at the UNM Soccer Complex in Albuquerque.
Friday's game started out slowly, with no score through the opening 80 minutes. UNLV broke the scoring drought with a goal in the 81st minute, which was initially set up by a foul on the Wolf Pack. Wolfe would take the free kick from 30-yards out, and sent the ball high into the middle of the box where Hayley Wilsonjumped up and headed it in to the far right post. It was Wilson's second goal of the year, and put the Rebels up 1-0, while Wolfe also recorded her seventh assist with the score.
UNLV then attempted to try and run out the clock. However, on one late shot attempt, the ball would be deflected right out to a UNR defender, who was able to set up a quick counter attack. Chrisalyn Fonte sent up a long pass that Kori Disarufino was able to outrun the Rebel defender to. She blasted in a shot from 20 yards out in the 88th minute to tie the game at 1-1, and the contest would go into overtime. There was only one shot taken in the first overtime, by UNR, and the Wolf Pack took the first three shots of the second overtime.
The game was just moments away from ending in a draw for the second straight year until Wolfe's heroics. It was set up when the Rebels brought the ball down on the attack, and Miranda Rawlings sent over a pass to Wolfe. The senior sized up the situation before launching a hard shot that sailed towards the top of the goal from 35 yards out. UNR goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos leaped up to stop the ball, but the best she could do was tip the ball into the back of the net at the 109:49. The score was Wolfe's sixth of the season, and the 10th game-winner in her career. That now ties her for the UNLV all-time record with former standout Katie Carney(2004-07).
"I felt the first half tonight was a forgettable performance for us, but we played a wonderful second half to get two goals," said Coll. "Reno played very good tonight, they made us fight for the win. And it took a great shot to come away with the win, a strike on the ball as Jenn had deserves to be a game-winner".
Thanks to its shot advantage in the overtime periods, UNR would finish the game with a 13-10 edge on shots, and though UNLV held more shots on goal at 6-4. Corner kicks were in the Wolf Pack's favor at 7-4. UNLV goalkeeper Kylie Wassell finished with three saves in net on her Senior Day, while Quintos posted four in the game.