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Rebels Host Colorado College, Air Force In Mountain West Home-Opening Weekend

Sept. 28, 2017

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women’s soccer opened Mountain West play with a tough road trip against two of the top teams in the conference heading into the league schedule. The Rebels took on New Mexico in Albuquerque Friday night and dropped a back-and-forth battle to the Lobos 2-1, but rebounded Sunday with a 1-0 win at San Diego State - their first over the Aztecs since 2008.

Up next is the Mountain West home-opening weekend with the Rebels hosting Colorado College Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. Sunday showdown against Air Force. Friday’s match will also be a special night at Peter Johann Memorial Field as it is the annual Goal4TheGoal fundraiser, which is a cause dedicated to helping fight pediatric cancer. Both teams will be wearing gold laces as part of the festivities, while a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organization.

Colorado College (3-4-3, 0-1-1) at UNLV (9-2-0, 1-1-0)
Friday, Sept. 29 
7 p.m. PT | Peter Johann Memorial Field | Las Vegas
Colorado College leads the all-time series 2-1-1
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Air Force (4-4-1, 1-0-1) at UNLV (9-2-0, 1-1-0) 
Sunday, Oct. 1 
1 p.m. PT | Peter Johann Memorial Field | Las Vegas
UNLV leads the all-time series 17-5-0
 
UNLV fell in its conference-opener for the second-straight season, but if history repeats itself the Rebels won’t be upset. After that 2016 loss they went on to go unbeaten throughout the rest of conference play en route to winning the regular season championship. If they can do that again, it will mark the first back-to-back regular season titles in program history.
First, though, the Scarlet and Gray will need to take care of business against the Tigers and Falcons. The four-game homestand will continue with contests against Colorado State and Wyoming next weekend.

Single-game ticket prices this season are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff and seniors, or a special internet price of $5 is available for all tickets bought online at UNLVTickets.com, good up to three hours before game time. Kids 12 and under are always free at UNLV women’s soccer contests.

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION 
  • Colorado College enters the weekend 3-4-3 overall and 0-1-1 after a tie and a loss in the openeing weekend of league play. The loss came at the hands of Wyoming while the draw was with in-state rival Colorado State. Offensively, the Tigers rank in the bottom half of the conference both offensively and defensively. The Rebels beat CC in Colorado 4-1 a year ago and they will hope to replicate that peformance Friday night.
  • Air Force played two close matches over the weekend with both going to overtime. The Falcons battled Colorado State to a double overtime 1-1 draw then came out on top with a golden goal 1-0 win in the first overtime against Wyoming. Overall Air Force has a 4-4-1 record entering the weekend and like the Tigers, don’t have a particuarly exposive offensive attack as it ranks near the bottom half of the conference in most categories. The Falcons do however have a stout defense, ranking tied for second in goals allowed.

STATISTICAL RANKINGS
  • NCAA: The Rebels currently boast a top-35 offense in the country, ranking tied for 31st in total points (67) and total goals (23) and tied for 30th in total assists (21). Individually, senior Sophie Cortes is tied for 14th in the country in total points (19) and is tied for 26th in total goals (7). Senior keeper Jordan Sallee is also in the top-50 in goals-against-average, ranking 43rd at 0.69.
  • Mountain West: The Rebels lead the MW in nearly every major offensive statistical category,  goals, points and assists, while they are third in goals-against-average (0.88). Cortes leads the league in points and goals and is tied for the lead in assists and shots (32). Sallee also sits atop the conference leaderboard in goals-against-average and is fifth with 43 saves on the year.
NEWS & NOTES
  • The Rebels started conference play 1-1 for the second straight season, with both losses each year coming in their MW opener. 
  • The Rebels have had two-separate four-game winnings streaks this season. Both were snapped on the road.
  • UNLV’s 8-1 non-conference record was the best start through nine games and best non-league winning percentage in program history. 
  • UNLV finished non-league play 5-0 at home and 3-1 on the road.
  • The Rebels are 2-0 in overtime games this season, with both game-winners coming with less than three minutes left in the second overtime.
  • The Rebels haven’t lost two games in a row in two years dating back to the end of September in 2015 - a span of 44 games.  
  • UNLV’s 14-straight regular season unbeaten streak that dated back to October of 2016 came to an end with the loss to Sacramento State on Sept. 1.
  • Chris Shaw is in his fourth year with a 45-24-5 overall record.
  • The Rebels were picked to finish third in the Mountain West preseason coaches poll, their highest spot in the poll since 2013. San Diego State and San Jose State were picked to finish one-two, but UNLV’s five first-place votes were the most of any school.
  • Akubuilo, the reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, collected several preseasonhonors. She became the first Rebel to be named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, the most prestigious award in collegiate soccer. She was also named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Women’s DI Best XI Third Team and is ranked No. 32 on the site’s Women’s Collegiate Top 100.
  • The Rebels return two All-Conference First Team selections in Akubuilo and Cortes, a second team selection in Jordan Sallee and two Mountain West All-Newcomer team selections in Paige Almendariz and Georgia Kingman.
  • Sallee also garnered preseason honors as she was ranked No. 66 overall and the No. 9 senior keeper on Everybody Soccer, a site dedicated to collegiate goalkeepers.

 

 

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