UNLV Defeats Oklahoma, 2-1, in Double Overtime
Aug. 31, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Senior midfielder and Las Vegas native Julie Owens scored just her second career goal on Friday night, but it was a big one as her header in the final minutes of the second overtime lifted the UNLV women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Oklahoma on Friday night. The victory, coming in the second game of the UNLV Rebel Classic, held at Peter Johann Memorial Field, improves UNLV to 2-2-1 on the year, while Oklahoma has the same record after the setback for the Sooners.
"It was amazing to get this win tonight, to see the reaction on our players faces was a great feeling," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "We knew coming in that we could compete with Oklahoma and hopefully come out with a win. We don't get many chances to play teams like Oklahoma from the bigger conferences, so to get this win makes tonight even better for the players."
UNLV struck first midway through the first half thanks to another Las Vegas native. This time it was from a freshman, Susie Bernal, who scored her first career goal when she took a pass from Macy Jo Harrison and blasted a shot across the box into the top right corner for the score, in the 23rd minute. Courtney Botelho was also credited with an assist on the score. The Rebels played very strict defense as well in the opening stanza, allowing only one shot. Unfortunately, the Sooners were able to cash in on that opportunity, as following a foul on UNLV, Emily Bowman sent a high free kick into the box and right at the foot of Molly Richey. She quickly slotted a shot to the back of the goal from five yards out to tie the game at 1-1 in the 31st minute.
The game went to halftime tied at 1-1, and the score stayed the same at the end of the second half as well, despite a 4-2 edge on shots from Oklahoma. Overtime saw UNLV put more pressure on the tired Sooners, with a 3-0 shot edge in the first extra 10 minutes, and 2-1 over the second period. The game-winner came following a Sooner foul, which awarded a free kick to UNLV. Harrison sent the shot into the box, where Owens leaped up and headed it to the left post. The ball bounced off the post and over the line, giving UNLV the victory in the 108th minute.
UNLV finished with an 11-6 edge on shots, 5-2 on shots on goal, and 8-4 on corner kicks. Kylie Wassell finished with one save and one goal allowed for UNLV, while Oklahoma goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire finished with three saves and two goals allowed.
The weekend will end for UNLV on Sunday with a 1 pm contest against Florida Atlantic in the final game of the Rebel Classic, while Oklahoma and Northern Arizona play in the first game of the day at 10:30 am.