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MWC Play Begins Thursday

Oct. 7, 2009


UNLV weekly women's soccer notes

After posting a 4-4-4 record in the non-conference portion of the schedule, the UNLV women's soccer team is ready to begin Mountain West play this week as they host a pair of home contests against BYU and Utah at Peter Johann Memorial Field.

The first game of the week will be on Thursday at 7 pm against the Utah Utes, and it will also be “Breast Cancer Awareness Night” at UNLV. The Rebels will be wearing pink uniforms for the match, and at halftime there will be a special recognition for all breast cancer survivors in attendance.

The last time UNLV and Utah met in Las Vegas, the Rebels rallied to force a 2-2 double-overtime tie on national TV in the 2007 season.

UNLV will also be looking to avenge its last loss to BYU, as the teams faced off in the semifinals of the 2008 MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, a game won by the Cougars. The last time the teams played a regular season contest in Las Vegas, UNLV claimed a 1-0 overtime victory in the 2007 regular season finale. This year's game will be on Saturday with a 1 pm start.
Players To Watch
The offense thus far this year has come from sophomore forward Jenna Larkin with a team-high three goals, while senior midfielder Shannon Hughes has two goals, both of which are game-winners. Freshman forward Collete Jepson has also scored twice this year, while junior Amanda Forrester, senior Jamie McCoy senior Brianna Moore and sophomore Katherine Orellana have all scored one goal each.

Senior Alicia Lugo meanwhile has kept up her strong play in the nets. She has a 1.00 GAA and four shutouts, and is second in the MWC with 62 saves.

Scouting Utah
The Utes come into Peter Johann Memorial Field looking for their first win in four weeks, as after a 4-0 start, the team has posted a 1-7-1 mark in its last nine games, including Saturday night’s 2-1 overtime loss at BYU.

Leading the team this year is Kelly Isleib with five goals and three assists for 13 points, while Lauren Hair is next with two goals and four assists for eight points. Both Hanna Terry and Erin Dalley have three goals each as well. In goal for the team is Hannah Turpen, and she’s posted a 1.41 GAA with 39 saves and three shutouts.

Scouting BYU
The Cougars have a league-best 10 wins, and are ranked in several polls as they bring a 10-201 record into the weekend. BYU is also riding a seven-game win streak, with six of the wins by just one goal, including the win over Utah.

Pacing the team is Carlee Payne, who is tied for the conference lead in goals with nine and ranks third with 21 points. The next highest scorer is Jessica Ringwood with seven points off two goals and three assists. In goal is McKinzie Olson, who has a 0.65 GAA with 30 saves and five shutouts this far this season.



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