NEWS & NOTES
- UNLV went 2-0 on opening weekend for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in five seasons under head coach Chris Shaw.
- The Rebels won their season-opener for the eighth straight year and are a perfect 5-0 in season-openers under Shaw.
- Four different Rebels found the back of the net the first weekend, with three – senior Kaila Brinkman, senior Caitlyn Kreutz and sophomore Robin Pollard each scoring two goals – and senior Amanda Galbraith scoring one.
- Both of Kreutz’ goals proved to be game-winners as her second-half goal in Friday’s opener in UIC gave the Rebels the lead for good in the eventual 5-1 victory, while her goal with 12 minutes left in Sunday’s match against Sacramento State came just over a minute after the Hornets at tied the game at one late.
- After the weekend, the Rebels were ranked No. 8 in the United Soccer Coaches’ Pacific Region poll, marking the third straight season they have appeared in the poll.
- After two games, the Rebels boast a top-15 offense in the country, ranking tied for 13th in total goals (7), tied for 10th in total points (21) and tied for sixth in total assists (7). Individually, sophomore Robin Pollard ranks tied for 31st in the country in total points (5) (as of 8.21).
- For the first time since 2013, the Rebels have a new face in goal with the graduation of four-year starter Jordan Sallee. Las Vegas local and freshman Emberly Sevilla graduated high school early to enroll in the spring and went 2-0 in her first two collegiate starts. In Sunday’s contest against Sacramento State, Sevilla even earned her first career assist, sending a towering kick to Galbraith, who finished the play with her first goal of the year.
- 2018 marks the 20th season in UNLV women’s soccer history.
- The Rebels were picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West preseason coaches poll, marking the second straight year they’ve appeared in the top four in that poll.
- Shaw entered his fifth season with a 49-29-7 overall record. In 2016, Shaw led the Rebels to MW regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history in addition to earning the program’s third Coach of the Year honor.
- Senior Caitlyn Kreutz played with the Philippine National Team in a World Cup Qualifying tournament in Jordan in April.
- Associate head coach J.J. Wozniak is in his fourth year under Shaw.
- In August, Shaw added former Rebel Michaela Kelsey, who was a senior in 2017, to his staff as an assistant coach, replacing Kaley Shlaes, who served under Shaw the past two seasons.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
– Started the season 0-2 with a 2-0 loss at Michigan State and a 4-1 loss at Central Michigan
– The two teams met in Las Vegas a year ago, with the Rebels winning 3-1
– Devri Hartie owns the only goal for the Thunderbirds this season
– Coached by Fred Thompson, who is in his second season
– Will be looking for first win this weekend after an 0-3 loss to California and a 1-0 to fellow MW foe Wyoming to start the season
– Has yet to score a goal in the regular season
– Utah Valley and UNLV faced off in Las Vegas in 2017, with the Rebels winning 2-1 thanks to a golden goal in double OT
– The Wolverines are coached by Chris Lemay, who is in his second second
UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER 20TH SEASON CELEBRATION
The Rebels are celebrating a special milestone this year as 2018 marks the program’s 20th season, with the official recognition weekend taking place on Friday, Oct. 5 as UNLV takes on Fresno State at 7 p.m. A special tailgate with free food and drinks will take place in honor of the celebration, while Rebel alum, including the inaugural team, will be invited back to be honored at halftime.
HOME TICKET INFO
Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 season. Season tickets are just $35 for adults, $25 for UNLV faculty/staff and seniors. Single game ticket prices this season are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff and seniors, though a special internet price of $5 is available for all tickets bought online at UNLVTickets.com, good up to three hours before game time. All high school, middle school and elementary students are now free at all UNLV women’s soccer contest under UNLV’s new admission policy. To receive free admission, high school students must present valid Nevada area school I.D. at the box office on game day to receive one (1) complimentary ticket. All other students will receive a complimentary ticket at the box office (no I.D. required). Kids not yet elementary school age will continue to receive free admission for all UNLV Olympic sports.