Unbeaten Streak Snapped At Nine
Oct. 12, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - In front of a season-high crowd of 1,149, UNLV gave seventh-ranked San Diego State all it could handle, but the Aztecs took advantage of two misplays to rally for a 2-1 victory on Friday night in Mountain West women's soccer action at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels saw their school-record nine-game unbeaten streak snapped in the loss, dropping to 9-3-2, 1-1-1 in league play. The Aztecs remained at the top of the league at 3-0, 13-1-1 overall.
"It was a high tempo, very fast, very tightly played game," said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. "We knew coming into tonight we could hang with them, and we really challenged them all night long. If not for one fortunate bounce, things might have gone different. Their equalizer goal gave them enough momentum to earn a second goal, and we just couldn't find a tying score."
The Rebels held a 1-0 lead for almost 40 minutes of the game, thanks to an early first half score. Senior Macy Jo Harrison tied the school record for assists in a season with her seventh of the year when she served up a corner kick into the middle of the box. The ball went right to junior Jenn Wolfe, who blasted a shot to the top of the net for her 10th goal of the season, putting the Rebels up 1-0 in the 11th minute.
It was a defensive show in the first half, with the teams combining for only five shots, 3-2 in favor of SDSU. The Aztecs came out pushing the attack in the second half, and were able to earn a corner kick in the 49th minute. Megan Jurado took the corner and sent a ball that UNLV goalkeeper Kylie Wassell tried to pull in, but she misplayed it, giving Carli Johnson the chance to chest the ball in for the score from a yard out. That tied the game at 1-1.
SDSU kept the pressure on after the first goal, and were able to draw a penalty kick after an Aztec was pulled down inside the ball on an attack. Jurado took the attempt for the Aztecs, and converted the try to put the visitors up 2-1. That would be the final score, as the teams combined to only allow three more shots on the goal over the final 35 minutes of the game.
The Aztecs finished with a 9-6 shot advantage for the game, while corner kicks were 5-3 in favor of UNLV. Wassell finished the night with five saves, while Rachel Boaz was credited with one for SDSU.
UNLV closes out its home schedule with a Senior Day match against New Mexico on Sunday at 1 pm.