Home Sweet Home For The Rebels
Sept. 19, 2007
LAS VEGAS - UNLV Weekly Soccer Notes
Rebels Back Home After Four-Game Road Swing
After completing a four-game road swing this past weekend, UNLV will now play six of its next eight at home, beginning with this weekend's UNLV Rebel Classic. While the Rebels are 2-0 at home this year, the competition this weekend is very tough, as Friday's opponent, Washington State, is 11th in this week's Soccer America poll, while Iowa State, UNLV's foe on Sunday, is 3-1-1 on the season.
UNLV traditionally has been strong on its home field, which includes having won the 2005 MWC Tournament over three games, and last year's 1-0 overtime upset of 20th-ranked Pepperdine. The wins this year came over Cal State Fullerton (2-0) and Arizona State (2-1), both of whom were regionally ranked at the time of the game.
Though the team went 1-0-1 last weekend in California, the Rebels didn't get as much production on offense as they were looking for, scoring just two goals over 200 minutes of action. Helping the team overcome its offense has been the play on the defensive side, as the Rebels have posted two shutouts in 2007, thanks to the play of goalkeeper Alicia Lugo, while UNLV has also done a good job of keeping the majority of shots from the outside of the box.
Players To Watch
Senior Katie Carney has had a great start to the year, as she is second in the Mountain West with eight points (three goals and two assists). Joining her up front are seniors Jessica Destito and 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 against Arizona State. In goal is sophomore Alicia Lugo, who's been outstanding thus far with a MWC-high 38 saves and a 0.80 GAA.
Scouting The Cougars
Washington State, currently ranked in two top-25 polls, including 11th in Soccer America, is currently undefeated on the season, with four victories and a tie against Mountain West member Utah, 2-2 in Pullman. The Cougars have won all four of their games this year by a one-goal margin, including last weekend against No. 16 Oklahoma State and against Princeton in double-overtime. Leading the team is Kiersten Dallstream and Brooke Bemis, both with three goals each, while Brynn Bemis has a 1.08 GAA.
Scouting The Cyclones
Iowa State is 3-1-1 on the year, as it opened up with home wins over Oakland and Northern Iowa, and added a win over Montana before falling to Dayton 2-1 in double-overtime in its last outing in the Gopher Invitational at Minnesota. The Cyclones have had six players all score at least one goal, with Elise Reid and Erin Witte pacing the squad with two goals and one assist for five points. In goal for the team is Ann Gleason, who owns a 0.74 GAA and has two shutouts on the season.