Rebels Host UCF, Denver This Weekend|
Sept. 6, 2006
LAS VEGAS -
The UNLV women's soccer team is riding a three-game unbeaten streak and have not lost a game on its home field since a loss to Utah on Oct. 22,2005, a span of six games. The Rebels will be tested this weekend however, as they will face two teams with impressive resumes thus far this season in this weekend's UNLV Rebel Classic.
UCF, UNLV's Friday night (7 pm) opponent, is regionally ranked and has a 2-1-1 record on the year, including a tie with Fresno State, while Denver (Sunday at 1:30 pm) brings in a 3-0-1 mark, and has a win over top-25 Ole Miss. Both teams will be hard pressed to keep up with the Rebels offense however, as UNLV is averaging three goals a game, which ranks 23rd in the nation, and have scored as many goals (12) as both UCF (5) and Denver (7) combined this year.
This will be the first meeting between UNLV and Denver since the Rebels' first year of soccer back in 1998, and UNLV claimed a 1-0 win in Colorado Springs. UCF and UNLV have never played before in women's soccer.
For the third straight year, junior forward Katie Carney UNLV continues to lead the team in scoring, and in fact is tied for first in the Mountain West Conference in both points with eight, and goals with three. Senior midfielder Tanya Roberts, a first-team all-MWC pick in 2005, has two assists and is always a threat to score for UNLV. Other strongthreats on offense including junior forwards Armani Rice (two goals, one assist, five points) and Jessica Destito (one goal, two assists, four points). The Rebels have split the time in goal between their two goalies, and both have a shutout on the year. Freshman Alicia Lugo has a 0.45 GAA this year and nine saves, while sophomore Ciera Nero has a 1.00 GAA and 11 saves in the net.
UCF brings in a 2-1-1 mark into this weekend's tournament, with three of the four contests against fellow Florida teams. The Golden Knights opened with a 2-0 loss at Miami, but followed with a 3-1 win at Florida International and a 2-0 win over FAU, before tying regionally ranked Fresno State 0-0 on Sunday.
The team is led by Hanna Wilde (two goals, one assist, five points), while Jessica Hallgren also has two goals. The only other player to score this year is Brianna Schooley. In ggoal is Jennifer Manis, who has made 12 saves and is posting a 0.71 GAA in 380 minutes of action.
Denver has been impressive to begin the season and is riding a four-game unbeaten streak while having yet to play a home game. The Pioneers opened with a 4-0 win at Alabama, and also have 1-0 wins over top-25 Ole Miss and Clemson, while they earned a tie at 19th ranked Vanderbilt (1-1). Leading the team is Taryn Hemmings with two goals for four points, while Lleane Grimditch also has four points off a goal and two assists. Six different players have scored this year for Denver. In goal is Dani Wiley, who has allowed just one goal in 361 minutes of action, and boasts a 0.24 GAA.