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Rebels Conclude Season With Governor's Series Showdown Against UNR

Oct. 26, 2017

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After four straight games on the road, UNLV women’s soccer will return home for its season finale Friday night, taking on Nevada, Reno in the annual Governor’s Series matchup at 7 p.m. at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels will try to snap a four-game losing skid, which eliminated them from the chance to defend their Mountain West Tournament title from a year ago. While the season will end sooner than UNLV had hoped, the Scarlet & Gray still have bragging rights and Governor’s Series points to play for against the Wolf Pack. The match is part of a doubleheader with the UNLV men’s soccer team, who will face Utah Valley in the opening game at 4:30 p.m. A free tailgate with food and drinks is available for all fans in attendance. It will also be a special night at the stadium as the Rebels will honor five seniors playing in their last collegiate game during a pregame ceremony.

Nevada, Reno (1-17-0, 0-10-0) at UNLV (12-7-0, 4-6-0)
Friday, Oct. 27 
7 p.m. PT | Peter Johann Memorial Field  | Las Vegas
UNLV leads the all-time series 9-1-3
 
UNLV entered the second-to-last weekend of conference play hoping to regain some of the early season magic after having lost two in a row and three of its last five matches. Sitting in sixth place in the Mountain West standings at 4-4 in league play and 12-5 overall, the Rebels were still in position to make the league’s postseason tournament, but needed at least one win out of the two in Logan and Boise over the weekend. Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards for the Rebels. After getting down 1-0 at Utah State Friday, UNLV rallied for the game-tying goal with 30 seconds to play to force overtime, but eventually lost in the 111th minute on an Aggie golden goal. Against the Broncos on Sunday, UNLV couldn’t overcome a motivated Boise State team, losing 6-1 to be officially eliminated from the tournament.
 
Midfielder Sophie Cortes picked up her eighth assist in 2017 at Utah State, setting up Morris’ game-tying goal to give her 28 points total on the year. The senior will wrap up her career Friday night after turning in one of the best single seasons in program history, with her points and assist totals ranking tied for third-best, while her 10 goals rank tied for sixth. For her career, her 14 goals are tied for 10th all-time, her 45 points rank tied for eighth  all-time and her 17 assists are fifth-most in program history.
 
Friday night will also mark the end of Rebel careers for defender Chidera Akubuilo, keeper Jordan Sallee, midfielder/defender Michaela Kelsey and midfielder Courtney Anderson. These seniors are the first class to play all four years under head coach Chris Shaw, while they will go down as the winningest senior class in program history, capturing 48 wins over the last four seasons (49 with a win Friday). The next closest is last year’s graduating class, who had 46 wins over their careers. This group will be remembered as one of the most successful in UNLV history, most notably for helping the Rebels win the Mountain West regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time and reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years.  

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
UNR has had a bit of a rough season, with only one win total on the year and none in conference play. The one victory did come over Sacramento State, however - the same team that handed the Rebels their first loss of the season on Sept. 1. The Wolf Pack have struggled both to score and to keep opponents out of the net in 2017, scoring just nine goals while allowing opponents to score 44. Freshman forward Rachel Gensch leads the team with three goals on the year. The Rebels have only lost once to the Wolf Pack, owning a 9-3-1 record against them, including a 4-1 win in Reno last year.

STATISTICAL RANKINGS
NCAA: The Rebels boast a top-40 offense in the country, ranking 29th in total points (102), tied for 28th in total goals (36) and tied for 38th in assists (30). Individually, Sophie Cortes is tied for 17th in the country in total points (28) and is tied for 13th in total assists (8). The Rebels are No. 91 in the latest RPI rankings, the second highest tanked team in the Mountain West.
Mountain West: Despite missing the tournament, the Rebels lead the MW in every major offensive statistical category - shots (323), goals (36), points (102) and assists (30). Cortes is second in assists (8) and shots (55) and third in goals (10) and points (28).

NEWS & NOTES

  • The Rebels’ losses last weekend mathematically eliminated them from the 2017 Mountain West Conference Tournament, which UNLV will host at Peter Johann Memorial Field Oct. 31 - Nov. 4. 
  • The four-game losing streak is the program’s longest since 2006. Prior to the back-to-back losses at Fresno State and San Jose State, the Rebels hadn’t lost two games in a row in more than two years, a span of 50 games dating back to 2015.
  • UNLV finished 4-6 on the road in 2017, with five of the six losses coming in conference play.
  • The Rebels are 8-1 at home in 2017 and will try to finish 9-1 with a finale win against UNR.
  • As long as Friday’s match doesn’t end in a tie, none of the Rebels’ games in 2017 will have ended in a draw. It would be just the third time in program history that has happened (also happened in 2000 and 2015), with two of three years coming under Chris Shaw.
  • The Rebels had two-separate four-game winnings streaks this season. Both were snapped on the road.
  • UNLV has earned three Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week awards this season with redshirt sophomore Michaela Morris getting the nod on Oct. 9, junior Amanda Galbraith earning it Aug. 21 and senior Sophie Cortes picking up the award Aug. 28.
  • UNLV’s 8-1 non-conference record was the best start through nine games and best non-league winning percentage in program history. They finished 5-0 at home and 3-1 on the road.
  • Senior Sophie Cortes’ 28 points and eight assists are both tied for third-best in a single season in program history, while her 10 goals rank tied for sixth. For her career, her 14 goals are tied for 10th all-time, her 45 points rank tied for 8th all-time and her 17 assists are fifth-most in program history.
  • The Rebels are 2-1 in overtime games this season. Both game-winners came with less than three minutes left in the second overtime, while the lone overtime loss came a minute in to 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 48-29-5 overall record.

 

 

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