UNLV Falls to Hawai'i, 5-4

Aug. 19, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV nearly rallied from a three-goal deficit, but Hawaii held on to hand the Rebels a 5-4 loss on Sunday night in women's college soccer action from Peter Johann Memorial Field. Both teams moved to 1-1 on the season following the game. The nine total goals tied for both the most ever in a UNLV game, and for the most ever in a women's game at Johann Memorial Field, along with a 9-0 win by UNLV over Nevada, Reno on Sept. 6, 2002.

After UNLV tied the game at 2-2 in the 49th minute, Hawaii reeled off a two-goal burst in a three-minute span to take control. The first score came in the 51st minute on a Krystal Pascua header that just cleared Rebel goalkeeper Kylie Wassell's fingers before hitting the back of the net for a 3-2 Rainbow Wahine edge. In the 54th minute, following a UNLV foul, Chelsea Miyake sent the ensuring free kick into the top right corner of the goal from 25 yards out, putting Hawaii up 4-2.

The fifth goal of the night for the visitors came in the 72nd minute, when Nichelle Nakasone sailed a high shot from the right side to the top corner of the goal, making it a 5-2 edge. That goal seemed to wake up the Rebel offense, as UNLV answered back just 15 seconds later with Jenn Wolfe's second goal of the night, a blast from 30 yards out to the far post. Two minutes later came another Rebel goal, this one set up by a Hawaii foul. Macy Jo Harrison took the free kick from over 30 yards out that bounced off the right post into the back of Hawaii goalie Kanani Taaca and then back into the net to make the score 5-4. UNLV kept up the pressure for the remaining 16 minutes of the game, but could not come up with the equalizer.

Tiana Fujimoto notched the night's first goal, putting Hawaii up 1-0 in the 17th minute, though that goal was quickly answered by Wolfe's first tally of the night, a chip shot over the goal on an assist by Kristin Sankey. However, Addison Carroll scored off a cross pass by Nakasone in the 40th minute to give Hawaii a 2-1 halftime lead. UNLV tied the game against in the 49th minute, and this was another score started by a free kick. Harrison sent the ball into the box, where it was deflected by a Hawaii defender, but Erica Meier headed the ball into the net from eight yards out for the score, her first career goal.

UNLV finished with a 9-8 edge on shots, thought shots on goal were six for both squads. Taaca was credited with two saves for Hawaii, and Wassell collected one on the night. UNLV held the edge on corner kicks, 4-1.

UNLV returns to action on Friday, Aug. 24, when it takes on South Dakota State at 12:30 pm (PST) on the first day of the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence. UNLV will play the host Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 11 am (PST).