Rebels Come Up Short In MWC Championship Final
Nov. 10, 2007
PROVO, Utah - The UNLV women's soccer team was bidding to become the first team to sweep both the Mountain West women's soccer regular season and tournament championship since 2003, but came up just a little short as the Rebels fell to No. 25 BYU 2-1 in the championship final on the Cougars home field on Saturday afternoon. The loss leaves the Rebels' season record at 11-5-5, they will now wait for the NCAA Tournament selection announcement on Monday to find out if they will advance to the postseason for the fourth straight season.
The first half was a tight contest, as BYU held a 7-4 shot advantage but neither team could find the back of the net, as both goalkeepers played outstanding games. UNLV had the best scoring chance of the opening 45 minutes when Haley Partridge took on BYU goalie Erica Woodbury one-on-one, but Woodbury rushed out to contest and attack and was able to stop Partridge's shot.
The second half opener with a quick goal from the Cougars, thanks to a Rebel foul. Katie Fellows sent the ensuring free kick to the right corner of the goal, where UNLV goalie Alicia Lugo initially stopped the ball, but the ball would hit the back of a Rebel defender and go right back over the goal line for an own goal. The score, in the 49th minute, made the lead 1-0 in favor of BYU.
Less then seven minutes later, the Cougars increased their edge to 2-0, when Fellows drove down the middle of the field, and unleashed a blast from 20 yards out to the far left corner that a diving Lugo was unable to get to. The score came in the 56th minute.
UNLV kept fighting, and was able to draw a penalty kick in the 73rd minute when Katie Carney was taken down inside the penalty box. She converted the PK for the Rebels, closing UNLV to within 2-1. The goal also gave her 67 points in her career, ranking her second all-time in school history, just one point behind Annii Magiliuo (2001-04).
UNLV had several more chances over the final 17 minutes, but Woodbury was strong in goal, as she finished the afternoon with six saves. Lugo posted six in goal for the Rebels, who were outshot 15-10 for the game.