UNLV Defeats Montana, 3-1
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Sparked by two early goals, UNLV extended its win streak to four games with a 3-1 victory over Montana in women's college soccer action on Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Memorial Field in the final game of the Nike Invitational. Thanks to their longest win streak since the 2007 season, the Rebels have improved to 5-2-1 on the year, while Montana dropped to 4-4.
Senior Macy Jo Harrison started the day's scoring when she dribbled into the box, powered her way through two defenders and then slotted a hard low shot that skipped along the grass. The shot beat Montana goalie Kristen Hoon to the right corner, putting UNLV up 1-0 in the 9th minute.
The Rebels added to their lead in the 15th minute, and again Harrison factored into the play, as she took a corner kick and sent the ball curving into the front of the goal. Senior defender Caitlin Allen was there to head the ball into the back of the net for the score, making it a 2-0 lead for UNLV.
The first half ended with UNLV holding a 7-1 edge on shots, and Montana was held to just two in the second half. However, the Grizzles were able to make one of those second-half shots pay off, when Paytyn Wheeler found herself with a little space right at the outside right corner of the box. She chipped in a shot into the left corner, cutting the lead to 2-1 in the 75th minute.
UNLV would not allow another shot the rest of the way, and took a two-goal advantage on the 84th minute. That final score came from junior Jenn Wolfe, who scored her team-high seventh goal of the season. Kristin Sankey assisted on the score, sending a long free kick deep into the box, and Wolfe got a leg on the ball before it landed and redirected it into the goal.
UNLV's final shot advantage was 11-3, and 6-2 on shots on goal. UNLV also took eight corner kicks to three for Montana. Kylie Wassell finished with one save in goal for UNLV in 85 minutes of action, while Kelli McCracken played the final five in the net. Hoon posted three saves for Montana.
The Rebels will return to action this weekend at the High Altitude Tournament, hosted by Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. UNLV will open play by facing San Jose State on Friday, Sept. 14 at 4 pm, and then will take on Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10 am.