Two More On The Road|
Sept. 12, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
Coming off its first losses of the season, the Rebels look to get back on a win streak starting on Friday with a match at Pepperdine. It will also be the third and fourth straight games on the road for UNLV, after opening up the season 2-0 at home with wins over Cal State Fullerton and Arizona State. The Rebels are used to challenges this season though, as every team they have played so far have either been regionally ranked or receiving votes nationally at the time they faced UNLV.
Friday's game will be the fourth meeting between Pepperdine and UNLV, after a thrilling overtime game last year in Las Vegas, won by the Rebels 1-0, while it will be the first meeting between UNLV and the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara.
The Rebels will be looking to get their offense back on track after scoring just one goal in Florida, where they suffered a 1-0 loss to No. 22 South Carolina and a 2-1 setback at UCF. More importantly, UNLV will look to get off more shots after taking just six against USC. A loss to Pepperdine would also be the fourth straight for the Rebels on the road, dating back to last season, the longest losing streak on the road since the end of the 2002 campaign.
Players To Watch
Senior Katie Carney has had a great start to the year, as she is second in the Mountain West with five points (two goals, two assists). Joining her up front is senior Jessica Destito and senior Armani Rice. Erica Jensen is the Rebels' top midfielder, joined by Ashly O'Harrow, while freshman Amanda Forrester has made a quick impact off the bench, scoring and assisting on a goal in the win over Arizona State. In goal is sophomore Alicia Lugo, who's been outstanding thus far with a MWC-high 29 saves and a 1.00 GAA.
Scouting The Waves
Pepperdine has had a rough start to the season, as the team has yet to score a goal through its first four contests. The Waves have been playing strong defense however, as the team pulled off a 0-0 tie against No. 22 Duke in the season opener, and have allowed just four goals all season, but are being outshot 63-34. One factor in favor for Pepperdine this weekend will be the location, as it will be the season opener after playing four away from Malibu.
Scouting The Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara will be looking to break its three-game losing streak this weekend, as it hosts Denver on Friday before taking on the Rebels on Sunday afternoon. The Gauchos began the season with a 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount, but that was followed by losses to USC, Wisconsin, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Three players have all scored once for the Gauchos, while in goal for the squad is senior Katie Wright, who has a 1.44 GAA and 23 saves for the year.