Road Warrior Rebels In 2013|
June 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
After coming off one of the best seasons in school history, UNLV women's soccer Head Coach Michael Coll is ready to have the Rebels take on an even bigger challenge in his second year at the helm of the program. The Rebels will play eight of their first 10 games of the year away from Las Vegas, as the 2013 schedule was released by the athletics department on Monday.
When combined with the Mountain West schedule, which is at 10 games for the first time in league history with the addition of three new teams, UNLV will play only seven games on its home field. That ties for the lowest in program history, with UNLV also playing seven home games in the 1998 inaugural season. Another highlight of the schedule, for the second straight year the Rebels will meet four teams that are coming off NCAA Tournament appearances.
"The 2013 schedule is a challenging one highlighted by our non-conference road games at UC Irvine, Washington State and Colorado," said Coll. "Combined with a very demanding schedule of games in an improved Mountain West conference, we expect this to be an exciting year to be a part of Rebel Soccer."
For the first time since 2010 the Rebels will begin the season on the road in California, starting with UC Riverside on Aug. 23 and followed by UC Irvine on Aug. 25. This is the first trip for UNLV to Riverside since 2010, a 1-0 Rebel win to open the season, while UNLV also claimed a 2-0 win at UC Irvine on the first weekend of the 2008 campaign.
The Rebels then come back to Las Vegas for their lone non-conference home games of the season. As part of the UNLV Nike Invitational, UNLV will take on Portland State on Aug. 30, followed by Long Island, a NCAA first round participant in 2012, on Sept. 1. The fourth team in the tournament is New Mexico State. It will be the third meeting all-time with Portland State, with the Vikings holding a 1-1-0 edge, while UNLV has won the only meeting against LIU (3-2 in 2004).
It's back on the road the next two weekends, with games at Sacramento State (Sept. 6), Northern Arizona (Sept. 8), Washington State (Sept. 13) and Idaho. Washington State earned an at-large bid from the Pac-12 to the NCAA Tournament last year, while the games against Sac State, Northern Arizona and Idaho are all rematches of 2012 UNLV home victories.
The non-conference slate finishes at the University of Colorado Tournament in Boulder. UNLV will take on Northern Colorado on Sept. 20 before facing the host Buffs on Sept. 22, the first meeting between the two since a 4-2 UNLV win in Denver in 2010. UNLV and Northern Colorado have met once, a 3-1 Rebel win in 2008.
With the addition of San Jose State and Utah State to the Mountain West as well as a startup program at Colorado State, the league will be at a record-high 11 teams this season, giving everybody an even five home and five away game splits. UNLV opens the league slate hosting Boise State and Utah State (2012 WAC Champion and NCAA automatic qualifier) on Sept. 27 and 29, respectively, while playing its first road contest at San Jose State on Oct. 4. Other highlights of the league schedule include: the first-ever game against Colorado State on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, road contests at San Diego State (Oct. 18) - a NCAA Sweet 16 squad last year, a road game at New Mexico on Oct. 20, and the regular-season finale against rival Nevada, Reno on Nov. 1.
This year's Mountain West Tournament will have a new format, as the top eight teams will qualify for the four-day event, with the top two teams receiving byes to the semifinal round, while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will have a bye to the second round. The tournament, being hosted by New Mexico in Albuquerque, will start on Nov. 4, with the semifinals slated for Nov. 7 and the championship game on Nov. 9.
The Rebels bring back seven starters from last year’s squad, which finished with a 12-4-4 record and advanced to the MW tournament semifinals for the third straight year while setting a school record for best winning percentage (.700). Three all-conference players return, led by senior forward Jenn Wolfe and senior goalkeeper Kylie Wassell.