Rebels Sweep MWC Weekly Honors
Sept. 3, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Thanks to its 2-0 start on the season, UNLV swept both Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer weekly honors, as Katie Carney was named Offensive Player of the Week while Alicia Lugo was named the Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. It is the second weekly honor for Carney in her career, and first-ever for Lugo, and this also marks the fourth time ever that UNLV has won both honors in the same week.
Carney, a senior forward from Lake Forest, Calif., was involved in three of UNLV's four goals over the weekend to help the Rebels win both games of the UNLV adidas. Against Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 31, a team that is receiving votes in the NSCAA Top-25 poll, Carney scored both goals of the game, the first off a free kick from 35 yards out less then two minutes in, and scored the Rebels' second goal in the 81st minute, on another long blast, this time from 30 yards out. On Sunday against Arizona State, her corner kick into the box was headed in by Amanda Forrester to give UNLV a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. UNLV would win 2-1 over the Sun Devils, who are ranked 11th regionally by Soccer Buzz. With the two goals and one assist, Carney finished the weekend with five points, while leads the Rebels, and she is now fourth all-time at UNLV in career points with 49.
Lugo, a sophomore goalkeeper from Lancaster, Calif., was truly outstanding in goal over the weekend for the Rebels, as she posted several athletic acrobatic saves in both games. She gave up just one goal while facing a total of 34 shots over 180 minutes, and made 13 saves as well, including nine against Arizona State, second-highest in her career. She made four saves against Cal State Fullerton for the shutout, which at that point was her third in the past four games, dating back to the 2006 season.
The Rebels, will return to action this weekend in the UCF Invitational, beginning with a match against the host UCF Knights on Friday at 4:30 pm (PST) in Orlando, Fla.