Last Weekend Of Non-Conference Play|
Sept. 27, 2006
LAS VEGAS -
The UNLV women's soccer team (4-5-1) bounced back from a scoring drought by shutting out a pair of opponents to claim the Blue Jay Classic last weekend, and looks to continue that strong play with the last weekend of non-conference play starting this Friday night. The Rebels will take on Arizona State on the road in Tempe on Friday night, before returning home to host Pepperdine on Sunday afternoon.
The Rebels met both teams last year, and claimed a 2-1 win over Arizona State on the road last year, the second of two straight wins by UNLV in series between the two teams. UNLV meanwhile lost at Pepperdine 1-0 last year. The Waves were actually the Rebels' opponent in the first-ever UNLV women's soccer game, a 2-0 loss in Malibu. This is the first time Pepperdine will make the trip for a game in Las Vegas.
Players to watch
For the third straight year, junior forward Katie Carney continues to lead the team in scoring, and in fact is tied for four in the Mountain West Conference in both points with nine, and goals with three. Senior midfielder Tanya Roberts, a first-team all-MWC pick in 2005, has three assists and scored the game-winner against Creighton in the Blue Jay Classic. Other strong threats on offense including junior forwards Armani Rice (three goals, one assist, seven points) and Jessica Destito (two goal, three assists, seven points).
In goal, sophomore Ciera Nero has emerged as the starting keeper, as posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career this past weekend to earn MWC Defensive Player of the Week honors. For the year, she has a 1.26 GAA with 24 saves and three shutouts.
Last time out
Senior midfielder Tanya Roberts scored her first goal of the season and UNLV posted its second-straight shutout victory with a 1-0 win over host Creighton to win the Blue Jay Classic on Sunday afternoon.
The winning score came in the 13th minute, when Roberts headed in a cross from Jessica Destito from five feet out. UNLV then relied on goalkeeper Ciera Nero, who faced 12 shots by the Blue Jays but played strong in making seven saves to earn her third shutout of the year.
Both teams took 12 shots in the game. CU goalkeeper Valerie Zimmerer was credited with three saves in the loss.
Scouting the Sun Devils
Arizona State is currently 4-3-2 on the year, yet have struggled at home, with a 1-2-1 mark, though one of the losses was to then No. 1 ranked Florida State 1-0 in overtime. The Sun Devils do have a tie against 27th-ranked St. Louis, and two wins over Denver and UCF, who both defeated UNLV earlier this season.
Leading ASU is Brittney Doty with four goals for eight points, while Courtney Crane has three goals and one assist for seven points. In goal is Kim Bingham, who is boasting a 0.64 GAA with 45 saves and four shutouts in 852 minutes of action.
Scouting the Waves
Pepperdine comes into this weekend with a 6-2-2 mark, and a No. 20 ranking by Soccer America. The Waves have won have of their last seven games, including a 3-1 win at 18th-ranked Kansas, while the lone loss during the stretch came at third-ranked UCLA.
Emily Wynne is pacing the team with 14 points off four goals and six assists. Lindsey Redlin is also tied with the team lead with six assists, and has two goals for 10 points, while McKenzie Hill has posted four goals, including two game-winners. In goal for Pepperdine is Kayla Stolte, who has a 0.82 GAA with 37 saves and three shutouts in 879 minutes.