Sept. 20, 2015
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV defeated UTRGV 4-1 in its final non-conference game of the season on Sunday night at Peter Johann Memorial Field. UNLV improves to 5-4-0 on the season while UTRGV drops to 2-4-3.
UNLV put constant pressure on UTRGV's goalkeepers all game, generating scoring chances on a majority of its possessions in the offensive zone. Dakota Blazak scored her second goal of the season and weekend in the 16th minute to give the Rebels the lead for good. After Jordan Magnin received a pass from Susie Bernal, Magnin crossed the ball from the left side into the box and Blazak knocked it in a few feet away from the net. Just two minutes later Jodi Barber scored her first of two goals in the game. Denali Murnan took a free kick and advanced it into the box to Hannah Alba, who then passed it over to Barber a few feet away to knock it past the goalkeeper. Brittney Gideon gave UNLV a three goal lead in the 54th minute. Gideon took a pass in stride from Alba near midfield and scored just out from the right side of the box.
"It's great anytime you can score goals, regardless of who you're playing against," said UNLV Head Coach Chris Shaw. "I know we've got the players who can do it, but we've just struggled a little bit, kind of snake bitten I think earlier on in the season. Scoring goals is all about confidence, and hopefully this scoring streak from this weekend carries on into conference play next week."
Barber's second goal of the game and fourth of the season came in the 54th minute. Magnin passed it to Barber who shot it in from straight on just outside of the box in the right side of the net. Zinnia Hannig took away the shutout from UNLV in the 84th minute. Hanning received a cross from the right side and booted it past goalkeeper Jessie Clark.
Jordan Clark earned the win to improve her record to 5-4-0, recording three saves in almost 69 minutes of action. Hanning made one save in relief. UNLV outshot UTRGV in both halves with a combined total of 23-8.
UNLV opens Mountain West Conference action with two home games next weekend against Air Force and Colorado College. The first conference game comes against Air Force on Friday at 7:00 p.m., and Colorado College comes into Las Vegas for a match on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be at Peter Johann Memorial Field.