Conference Play Starts Friday
 
The Rebels are riding a league-high three game win streak.
The Rebels are riding a league-high three game win streak.
 
 
 

Sept. 29, 2010

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -

UNLV Weekly Soccer Notes

After racing out to an impressive 8-3 record in its non-conference schedule, the UNLV women's soccer team looks ready to state its case as a conference title contender as the Rebels open Mountain West Conference play on Friday night by hosting the New Mexico Lobos. The game will kickoff at 7 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field, and it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Night, with all fans wearing pink receiving $1 admission.

Both teams are looking to exceed preseason expectations. While it's easy to see that UNLV has already done so, after being picked seventh in the preseason poll, New Mexico was almost just as overlooked. The Lobos bring a 6-1-3 record into Las Vegas after coming in fifth in the preseason poll.

One key to the game will be the Rebels’ play on offense and the defensive play by the Lobos. UNLV comes in as one of the top scoring teams in the conference, ranking second in total goals with 25. New Mexico meanwhile is among the nation leaders in fewest goals allowed, having given up just three all season. UNM is not as strong on offense however, with just three goals in the last five games.

 

Players To Watch

Senior forward Ashleigh Shoughro has quickly returned to her scoring form from her sophomore season, as she currently leads the Mountain West in both goals (nine) and points (21), and ranks in the top 10 in the nation in both. Three more players also have at least 10 points this year, sophomore Colette Jepson (four goals, three assists, 11 points), senior Amanda Forrester (four goals, two assists, 10 points) and sophomore Macy Jo Harrison (three goals, four assists, 10 points).


 

 

In goal for UNLV is freshman keeper Kylie Wassell, who has a 0.99 GAA, 41 saves and one shutout on the year.

Scouting New Mexico

The Lobos have also posted a strong non-conference result, having opened the season with a seven-game unbeaten streak, including a 1-0 win over No. 23 Marquette. The long loss came at SMU on Sept. 12, by a 1-0 score.

Leading the team is Jennifer Williams with four goals and three assists for 11 points, while Rachel Field also had four goals and nine points. In goal is Kelli Cornell, who is posting a 0.288 GAA, having allowed just three total goals through the nine games.

 

Next Time Out

UNLV will play its first conference road game of 2010, a Friday night contest at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will start at 5 pm (PT).

 
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