UNLV Travels To Wolf Pack Invitational
Sept. 1, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
The UNLV Rebels look to rebound from back-to-back losses as they continue their road trip through the West. UNLV (1-3) travels north to Reno, Nev., this weekend for the Wolf Pack Invitational. The Rebels will face Detroit (4-1) on Friday at 4 pm and Nevada, Reno (1-3) on Sunday at 2 pm.
Friday's contest against Detroit will be the second in the head-to-head series between the two schools. In the first meeting, UNLV beat the Titans 2-1 in the Rebel's second season in 1999. This will be the eighth meeting between UNLV and UNR. The Rebels boast a 5-1-1 record against their rival, but haven't played the Wolf Pack since 2008, a 5-1 win by UNLV.
Players To Watch
Despite consecutive losses, UNLV only allowed one goal each to Portland State and Oregon last weekend. The Rebels return an experienced defense, highlighted by three starters in 2010, junior Caitlin Allen and seniors Adrianna Guida and Brittney Flores. In goal, sophomore Kylie Wassell is back again after starting all 20 games as a freshman. Thus far this season she has a 0.72 GAA with 21 saves and one shutout.
Needing to find new playmakers on offense this season, three Rebels stepped up to score their first career goals in the season opener (freshman forward Jenna Howerton, sophomore midfielder Courtney Botehlo and sophomore forward Jenn Wolfe). Posting assists meanwhile were Flores and Kristen Sankey. The team's top returning scorer from 2010 is junior midfielder Macy Jo Harrison (four goals, 12 points).
The Titans come into Friday's contest riding a four-game winning streak. After dropping the season opener to Central Michigan, 1-0, Detroit has only allowed one goal in its last four matches. Their latest victory came on Aug. 31, against Marygrove where the Titans lit up the scoreboard for a 10-0 win.
Abby McCollum has only started four of the five games, but still leads the team in points with 11 thanks to seven assists and two goals. Kaitlyn Quarrel, Sarah, Dzuris, Lauren Roffey and Alyssa Riley have started all five games and each have scored three goals apiece early this season. They are also all tied for second in points with seven. In the net, Emily Oberheim and Nora Abolins have split time. Oberheim has started three matches and has a 3-0 record with 10 saves. Abolins has started two matches sporting a 1-1 record with eight saves.
Scouting Nevada, Reno
The Wolf Pack come into the tournament after winning their last match 1-0 over Utah. Despite the shut out victory, UNR lost its first three matches of the season. The Wolf Pack also have only scored two goals in its first four games.
Sophomore forward Kori Disarufino and senior midfielder Ellie Stott are the lone two goal scorers for the Wolf Pack. Chrisalyn Fonte and Aleina Dominguez are the only other players who have notched a point this season, both having one assist. In the net Jenna Riddle has seen the majority of the action this season. She sports a 2.21 GAA with 23 saves through four matches.
UNR opens the weekend against Portland State on Friday before meeting the Rebels on Saturday.
Next Time Out
UNLV will wrap up their six-game road trip as they travel to California to play a pair of true road matches. The Rebels will play Pacific on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 pm in Stockton, Calif., and follow that with a match on Sunday against UC Davis at 1 pm in Davis, Calif.
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