Key Road Contest On Friday For Rebels
Oct. 22, 2008
LAS VEGAS -
With the MWC women's soccer regular season championship almost out of reach for UNLV (the Rebels trail conference-leader BYU by two games with two games left), the Rebels have turned their sights towards earning a high seed at the 2008 conference tournament. As BYU has locked up one first round bye, its a tight race for the remaining bye into the conference semifinals with three teams all tied for second at 3-2 (UNLV, TCU and Utah). The Rebels can make it a two-way tie with a win over this week's opponent, the Horned Frogs of TCU, as the teams will meet on Friday night at 5 pm in Fort Worth, Texas.
UNLV (11-5-1) regained its touch on offense last weekend as it scored a combined seven goals in wins over Wyoming and Air Force. The Rebels will need to play well on offense against the Horned Frogs, who had the hottest start in the league this year. This will be UNLV's third trip to Fort Worth for in the past four years, and the Rebels won the first two by 1-0 scores, including an overtime win last year on Oct. 21. All-time, UNLV is 4-0 against the Horned Frogs.
Sophomore forward Ashleigh Shoughro, a transfer from San Diego and a Las Vegas native, leads the Rebels and is second in the Mountain West Conference with 27 points off 11 goals (including three game-winners), and five assists. Junior midfielder Brianna Moore is next with 16 points (tied 9th), while junior forward Niki Connolly has 10 points. Junior Alicia Lugo continues to shine in goal, as she is first in the conference with 4.38 saves per games, and also has six shutouts, which gives her 19 in her career, and a 0.88 GAA.
TCU, coached by former UNLV coach Dan Abdalla, is off to an 11-3-1 record and achieved a top 30 ranking. Boasting a high scoring offense that averages 2.5 goals per game, TCU has found the going tougher once it hit league play, as the Horned Frogs were handed 1-0 losses in two of the last four games, and have just one shutout in the last six contests. Jordan Calhoun leads the team with 28 points off 13 goals and two assists, while Lizzy Karoly had eight goals and five assists for 21 points this season. Kelsey Walters has played the majority of time in goal, and leads the MWC with a 0.67 GAA.