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Olson Named Player Of The Week

Oct. 3, 2005

LAS VEGAS - UNLV's Nickie Olson was named the Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The weekly honor is the first in her career for Olson, and the first of the season for the Rebels.

Olson, a Las Vegas (Centennial) native, was a big key in the Rebels' two shutout victories over the weekend in the UNLV Rebel Classic. Against Utah Valley State on Friday night, Olson helped hold the Wolverines to just 11 shots for the game in the 3-0 UNLV victory. Against Creighton on Sunday, Olson was part of an outstanding defensive effort, as the Bluejays were held to just six shots for the game, including just one in the first half in the 4-0 Rebel win. Olson also provided offense as well from her defender position, as she headed in a corner kick in the second half against Utah Valley State for her second score of the year.

The Rebels, 5-4-3 overall, start conference play this week, and look to defend their Mountain West Conference regular season championship from a year ago. UNLV opens the MWC season at Air Force on Friday at 3:30 pm, followed by a Sunday noon contest at Wyoming.



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