LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV women’s soccer opened a four-game homestand last weekend at Peter Johann Memorial Field, going 1-1 to move to 10-3-0 and 2-2 in Mountain West play. The home stretch continues Friday, October 6 with a 7 p.m. contest against Colorado State and concludes with a 1 p.m. Sunday, October 8 matchup against Wyoming, who sits just ahead of the Rebels in the conference standings.
Friday night’s game will mark the first home event for UNLV Athletics since Sunday’s horrific attack. A moment of silence will be held in honor of the victims and the first responders, police department and medical staffs who fought to save lives will be recognized. The team will also be wearing special warm-up shirts in honor of all those affected by the tragedy.
Colorado State (2-6-4, 0-2-2) at UNLV (10-3-0, 2-2-0)
Friday, Oct. 6
7 p.m. PT | Peter Johann Memorial Field | Las Vegas
The Rebels will be looking to bounce back after their second loss in the last four games after going 8-1 in the previous nine games to start the season. UNLV, however, hasn’t lost two games in a row in two years - a span of 46 games - and will hope they can continue that streak Friday against the Rams. Colorado State is second-to-last in the league standings and has only won two games all year, but have played teams close as of late and can’t be taken lightly.
Sunday’s contest with Wyoming will be a battle of fourth and fifth places teams, with Cowgirls holding a one-point edge over the Rebels thanks to an earlier draw. Both teams have potent offenses, so it could come down to who makes the least mistakes in their own third of the field. The game Sunday will also be the annual “Kick Cancer” pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where fans can wear pink for $3 tickets.
After this weekend the Rebels will be on the road for the next two before wrapping up the regular season with the annual Governor’s Series game against Nevada, Reno at home on October 27.
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
The Rebels have never lost to Colorado State and will hope that trend continues Friday. The Rams enter the weekend still looking for their first conference win as they are 2-6-4 overall and 0-2-2 in Mountain West play. That doesn’t mean the match will be easy for the Rebels as CSU has pushed teams to overtime in four of the last five games, losing on golden goals in two of them and ending in a draw in the other two, so UNLV will need to be prepared for a battle.
Wyoming will be a tough matchup for the Rebels with the Cowgirls sitting just ahead of UNLV in the Mountain West standings at 2-1-1 in conference play and an overall record of 6-4-2. The Cowgirls have league wins over Colorado College and San Jose State while they too lost to Air Force by a score of 1-0, but it was on an overtime golden goal. Their draw came against Fresno State in a 0-0 double overtime. The Rebels lead the all-time series by a large margin at 13-5-4 overall.
NCAA:The Rebels currently boast a top-35 offense in the country, ranking tied for 29th in total points (75) and tied for 31st in total goals (26). Individually, senior Sophie Cortes is tied for 14th in the country in total points (21) and is tied for 23rd in total goals (8). Currently, the Rebels are No. 75 in the RPI rankings.
Mountain West:The Rebels lead the MW in nearly every major offensive statistical category, goals, points and assists (23), while they are second in goals-against-average (0.82). Cortes leads the league in points, goals and shots (42), while she is second in assists with five. Senior keeper Jordan Sallee also sits atop the conference leaderboard in goals-against-average and is fourth with 49 saves on the year.
NEWS & NOTES
The Rebels are now 2-2 and tied for fifth after losing just one conference regular season match in all of 2016.
Sunday’s loss to Air Force was UNLV’s first home loss in 2017.
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 46 games. That streak will be on line Friday against Colorado State.
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.
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 46-24-5 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 preseason honors. 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.