UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Host Nike Invitational, Face Portland State And LIU Brooklyn



Rebels will face Portland State and LIU Brooklyn


The UNLV women’s soccer team will host a pair of defending conference champions this weekend as opens up the home portion of the schedule with the UNLV Nike Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 1. On Friday, the Rebels will take on Portland State, preseason favorites in the Big Sky, at 7 pm, while LIU Brooklyn and New Mexico State play in the first game at 4:30 pm. The second day will see UNLV host LIU Brooklny, defending Northeast Conference champs, at 1 pm on Sunday, with NMSU and Portland State beginning the day at 10:30 am. Live stats are available for all four games at UNLVRebels.com, and tickets are $8 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

UNLV Weekly Soccer Release

All About The Rebels
The Rebels brings back three senior All-Mountain West players for the 2013 season,  highlighted by senior Jenn Wolfe. She started off the season as hot as she finished 2012, scoring a pair of goals in the opening win at UC Riverside, while sophomore forward Susie Bernal set a school record with three assists in the victory. Senior Kylie Wassell has played all 180 minutes in goal this season thus far.

Scouting Portland State
The Vikings have started out the season at 0-2, though it was against tough competition with a home loss to No. 14 Marquette 3-2, and a 3-0 setback at Oregon to begin the year. Despite losing its top four scorers from a year ago, Portland State was still the preseason favorite to win the Big Sky. The top returning scorer from 2012, Cori Bianchini, scored one of the team’s two goals this season, while a pair of players have each played one full game in goal, Angela Haluska and Caitlin Plese.

Scouting LIU Brooklyn
The Rebels face another defending conference champion this weekend in the Blackbirds from LIU Brooklyn, who were picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference this season. Though the team lost 10 seniors from 2012, they return Jessica Sexton, who has 13 shutouts in her career. The team is 1-1 this year, with a 1-0 loss to Saint Joseph’s and a 1-0 win over Seton Hall, both on the Blackbirds’ home field.

Next Time Out
UNLV will be back on the road, starting its six-game road swing. First up is a Friday, Sept. 6 contest at Sacramento State at 2:30 pm, followed by a game on Sunday, Sept. 8 against Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz., with an 11 am start.

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Fall In Defensive Contest At UC Irvine 2-0




The two teams were held to a combined 11 shots on the afternoon

UNLV played UC Irvine fairly even for the majority of the afternoon, but a two-minute stretch midway through the first half would prove to be the difference in a 2-0 win by the Anteaters over the Rebels in college women’s soccer action on Sunday from Anteater Stadium. Both teams moved to 1-1 on the season with the decision.

“It was a tough game for both teams to keep a rhythm going on offense, but I feel we got better as the game went on, just couldn’t connect on a score,” said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. “We did get a chance to play a lot of new players today though, and while we hoped for a better result, overall I was happy with our play today.”

The host UC Irvine squad came out attacking from the start, taking four of its six total shots in the game in the opening 21 minutes. Natalie Ledezma would put the Anteaters on the board with their second shot, when she chipped in a shot over Rebel goalkeeper Kylie Wassell in the 20th minute. Zoya Farzaneh was credited with an assist on the play.

Just 72 seconds later Ledezma scored again, this time heading in a cross from Cami Privett in the 21st minute. That put UCI up by a 2-0 score, and both teams would be held to just one shot each over the rest of the half, leaving the halftime score as 2-0. UNLV would be outshot 5-1 for the opening half as well. The second half was a different story though, with the Rebels holding the Anteaters to just one shot total over the final 45 minutes, while taking four themselves. Two of the four shots were on goal but were saved by UCI goalkeeper Corey Tobin to earn the shutout win.

The final shot total was 6-5 in favor of UCI, while the Anteaters also held a 7-1 edge on corner kicks. Wassell finished with three saves in goal for the Rebels, while Tobin posted two.

UNLV now returns home to host the Nike Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 2. On Friday, the Rebels will face Portland State at 7 pm, while the first game will see LIU Brooklyn and New Mexico State square off at 4:30 pm. Sunday’s action will feature UNLV and LIU Brooklyn at 1 pm, following the morning contest of New Mexico State and Portland State at 10:30 am. All UNLV home games are held at Peter Johann Field, with tickets $8 for adults, while children 12 and under are always free.