Carney Delivers Another MWC Championship|
Nov. 2, 2007
LAS VEGAS - he UNLV women's soccer team won its fourth straight Mountain West Conference championship on Friday night, as the Rebels claimed the regular season title with a 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 24 BYU from Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The Rebels came into the game with a one-point lead over the Cougars, and claimed their second regular-season crown thanks to a golden goal from senior forward Katie Carney. The win, the second over a ranked team this season for the Rebels, improved them to 5-1-1 mark in league play, 10-4-5 overall, while BYU dropped to 14-3-2, 4-3 in the conference. UNLV, who has also won the tournament championship the past two seasons, also earned the right to host next year's MWC Tournament thanks to its first-place finish this season.
The contest was very hard fought the entire night, but the momentum started to swing in BYU's favor over the second 45 minutes, as the Cougars held an 11-2 shot advantage. They could not find the back of the net however as Rebel goalkeeper Alicia Lugo was outstanding in goal, coming up with 10 saves for the contest. Lugo also extended her school-record shutout total to 10 for the season.
The Rebels started to wear down BYU in the overtime period, and held the Cougars to just one shot in the first overtime. In the second overtime, the Rebels send a ball downfield and had two forwards in pursuit when BYU goalie Erika Woodbury came out to clear the ball. However, Carney stepped in front of Woodbury's clearance to steal the ball, and with Woodbury out of position, Carney sent a hard low shot to the far left post for the score in the 103rd minute. The goal was the seventh of the season for Carney, and the 10th game-winner in her career.
UNLV will now be the No. 1 seed in next week's MWC Tournament, hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah. The Rebels receive a bye in the first round, and will meet the winner of the No. 4-No. 5 matchup on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 12 pm (PST), in a game televised live by The Mtn.