Friday is also a Silver State Series contest and Code Red game for UNLV
Friday is also a Silver State Series contest and Code Red game for UNLV
NEWS & NOTES
REBELS IN THE RANKINGS
Mountain West: In the overall season rankings, the Rebels rank first in shots (262) and assists (30) and are tied for second in goals (30) and second in points (90). UNLV also leads the MW with 90 saves. Senior Caitlyn Kreutz leads the team and is tied for second in the MW with six goals – five of them game-winners (which ranks second in the MW), and is third in the league with 13 points. True freshman Emberly Sevilla leads the league with 90 saves and is second in save percentage (.840). As a team UNLV has allowed 17 goals this season, which ranks sixth. With the five goals over the weekend, UNLV climbed the conference-only rankings and is now in the top four in most major offensive statistical categories after being towards the bottom over the first three weeks of conference play.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
– CSU sits three points behind UNLV at 2-4-2 in the MW and 5-7-4 overall, but has lost two straight
– UNLV has never lost to the Rams in the series history (UNLV leads 5-0)
– The Ram offense has had its struggles, scoring just nine goals all season, while the defense has allowed 16
– Wyoming has had a strong season, sitting in a tie for third in the MW heading into the final stretch at 4-2-2 and 9-3-4 overall, but are just three points ahead of UNLV
– The Cowboys currently have a four-game unbeaten streak
– UNLV will be looking for its third straight win the series over the Cowboys
– Wyoming has been strong offensively, ranking fourth or higher in the MW in the major statistical categories, but middle of the pack on defense with 18 goals allowed.
* Rebels finished non-conference play 6-2-1, marking the third straight year under Shaw that the Rebels have finished with two losses or less during non-league play
NEWS & NOTES
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.
REBELS PICKED FOURTH IN MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON POLL
UNLV predicted to finish fourth in the Mountain West in a polling of the league’s coaches
For the second consecutive year, UNLV women’s soccer earned a spot in the top four of the Mountain West preseason poll, announced by the conference office Thursday. The Rebels were slated fourth in the poll after receiving 83 total votes from the league’s coaches. This comes a year after UNLV was picked to finish third in 2017 – their highest preseason ranking under fifth-year head coach Chris Shaw.
The Scarlet and Gray finished the 2017 campaign 13-7 overall and tied for sixth in the Mountain West standings, just narrowly missing the Mountain West tournament.
The 2018 squad will be looking to replace three key members who graduated last spring – keeper Jordan Sallee, midfielder Sophie Cortes and defender Chidera Akubuilo. Cortes and Akubuilo were both two-time All-Mountain West and All-Region honorees, while Sallee started 65 games in her four-year career. The trio ended their careers as the winningest class in program history.
While those talents are hard to replace, the Rebels have plenty of firepower returning this fall. Senior forwards Caitlyn Kreutz and Amanda Galbraith, who both transferred in prior to 2017, along with redshirt junior Michaela Morris, are back to lead the attack after the three combined for 20 goals and 16 assists a year ago. The midfield will have a steady presence as juniors Georgia Kingman and Katie Ballou return, each with two years starting experience under her belt, while the defense will be anchored by veterans – senior Bella Myers and junior Paige Almendariz. UNLV will also welcome 14 newcomers, including three transfers from Pac-12 programs, who are sure to make an immediate impact.
San Diego State was the narrow favorite, edging out 2017 regular season champion San Jose State by one point – 112 to 111, with Boise State not far behind in third at 99. The Spartans received the most first-place votes with five, with the Aztecs garnering four, the Broncos nabbing two and Fresno State grabbing one. Coming in behind the Rebels was New Mexico in fifth at 80 points, followed by the Bulldogs in sixth with 65; Utah State in seventh with 64; Wyoming in eighth with 51; Air Force in ninth with 47; Colorado College in 10th with 42; Colorado State in 11th with 26; and UNR in 12th with 12 points.
UNLV opens its 2018 slate on Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. against University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) at Peter Johann Memorial Field as part of the annual UNLV Invitational.
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. Kids 12 and under are always free at UNLV women’s soccer contests.
2018 Mountain West Preseason Coaches Poll
Place Team (1st place votes) Points
1. San Diego State (4) 112
2. San Jose State (5) 111
3. Boise State (2) 99
4. UNLV 83
5. New Mexico 80
6. Fresno State (1) 65
7. Utah State 64
8. Wyoming 51
9. Air Force 47
10. Colorado College 42
11. Colorado State 26
12. UNR 12
Against Sacramento State, it looked as if the game was headed for overtime until a header goal on a corner with less than five minutes remaining ended UNLV’s chance at setting a program record for best start to a season at 5-0.
The Rebels bounced back Sunday against the Aggies thanks to a big performance by junior transfer Cailtyn Kreutz, who assisted on Micheala Morris’ first-half goal and then nailed the eventual game-winner in the second half of the 2-1 victory, helping UNLV to its first road win of 2017. Kreutz was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week – the third straight week a Rebel has earned the honor – and was also selected as UNLV Athletics’ Outstanding Rebel of the Week for her performance.
Despite UNLV’s winning streak ending at four and its regular-season unbeaten streak coming to a halt a 14, there is still another one that continued. The Rebels haven’t lost two games in a row in almost two years – a span of 39 games – dating back to the end of September of 2015. The Scarlet and Gray will look to continue that streak throughout the rest of the season.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
NEWS & NOTES
SENDER EARNS NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK HONORS
Senior Lily Sender, the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, is one of 11 players named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week
UNLV Women’s Soccer forward and Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year Lily Sender has been named to Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week after she recorded the Rebels’ first hat trick since 2010 in Friday’s 4-2 title-clinching win at rival Nevada, Reno. Sender was also named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after her performance — UNLV’s sixth weekly league honor of 2016.
The Honolulu, Hawaii, native has had a stellar senior campaign, leading the team and the Mountain West Conference in goals (14) and points (35) after scoring one goal and one assist in her previous three seasons. Her goals output ties the single-season program mark while her 35 points is a new program record for most in a single-season. Sender’s incredible performance this season was rewarded as she was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year this week — just the third Rebel in the team’s history to earn the honor.
Friday’s win secured UNLV’s (15-3-2, 8-1-2) first regular season championship since 2007. It has been a record-breaking season for the Rebels as the team has set new marks for most wins (15), most goals (46) and most assists (46) in a single season in program history. In addition to Sender earning Offensive Player of the Year honors, junior Chidera Akubuilo garnered the program’s first Defensive Player of the Year award and head coach Chris Shaw was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray had a program-record nine players voted to the All-Conference teams — five on first team, two on second team and two on the All-Newcomer team.
Sender is the fifth National Team of the Week selection for the Rebels this season, with Susie Bernal earning honors last week, Jordan Magnin collecting the award in back-to-back weeks in early October and senior Dakota Blazak getting the nod in early September. Sender and junior Sophie Cortes have also been recognized as honorable mention selections this season.
TopDrawerSoccer.com is a nationally recognized website covering men’s and women’s collegiate and club level soccer. The site releases a National Division I Team of the Week each week throughout the season. The official release can be viewed here.
UNLV enters this week’s Mountain West Tournament in San Diego as the No. 1 seed with a first-round bye. They will face the winner of the Utah State/Wyoming quarterfinal match on Thursday at 4 p.m.
SENDER EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Senior Lily Sender is one of 13 players named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District Team for outstanding work in the classroom and on the field
UNLV Women’s Soccer senior Lily Sender was one of 13 players voted to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for District VIII, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) organization Thursday. The first team selection is UNLV’s first Academic All-District honor since 2013.
The senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, has had a breakout season in her final year with the Rebels. After registering one goal and one assist in her previous three seasons, Sender has exploded this year for seven assists, 11 goals and 29 points, leading the team in the latter two categories. Her goals and points totals also lead the Mountain West Conference and are both ranked top-30 in the nation. Off the field, Sender is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, earning a 3.54 grade-point-average, which is good for third-highest on the team. After graduation, Sender plans to pursue a master’s degree in the same field.
With the All-District honors, Sender is now eligible for consideration for CoSIDA’s Academic All-America award as well.
Student-athletes must be in at least their second season, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be a starter or important reserve to be eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams. District VIII is made up of schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Canada. Read CoSIDA’s full release here.
UNLV INCOMING RECRUIT MICHAELA MORRIS NAMED GATORADE NEVADA GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Incoming UNLV women’s soccer recruit Michaela Morris has been named the 2014-15 Gatorade Nevada Girls Soccer Player of the Year, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, announced on Thursday. Gatorade is in its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, and Morris becomes the second honoree from Nevada to join the current Rebel squad, as rising junior Nicole Westover was the 2012-13 selection from Nevada.
Morris is the first player from Coronado High School to be chosen as Gatorade Nevada Girls Soccer Player of the Year, and she is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year, which will be announced in May. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
The 5-foot-6 senior forward scored 45 goals and passed for 18 assists this past season, leading the Cougars (16-8) to the Division I state championship game. Also the Southeast League Player of the Year, Morris battled back from a quadriceps injury to score the game-winning goal in overtime against Palo Verde High in the state semifinals. A three-time All-Southern Nevada selection and a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Olympic Development Program team, she concluded her prep soccer career with 89 goals and 37 assists.
She has excelled in the classroom as well, maintaining a 4.6 weighted GPA in the classroom. A candidate for valedictorian of the Coronado High senior class, she has volunteered locally at the Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach Catholic ministry and has also donated her time to Make it Personal Love Bags, gifting wellness items to homeless people.
“Michaela was an extremely valuable player to that team,” said Frank Messina, head coach of Palo Verde High. “The fact that she went down with an injury during the tail end of the state semifinals and then came back in to score the game-winning goal against us is impressive.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER AT UTAH AND UTAH VALLEY THIS WEEKEND
Rebels play a pair in the Beehive State
The UNLV women’s soccer team (3-1) returns to action this weekend after a rare bye week, with a Friday night contest at Utah at 6:30 pm (PT), followed by a Sunday, Sept. 14 game at Utah Valley at 1 pm (PT).
The Rebels’ last contest was a 3-0 win over Saint Francis on Aug. 31 in Las Vegas. They now begin perhaps the toughest stretch of the season, spending the rest of September on the road with six straight games away from Las Vegas. That road swing begins on Friday with a match at former conference rival Utah, followed by a Sunday, Sept. 14 contest at Utah Valley. This will be the longest stretch of road games in team history, and the first time there has been no home games in the month of September.
It will be a tough challenge for UNLV this weekend as the Utes are undefeated this year at 4-0-1 and are receiving votes in the NSCAA Top-25 poll. This will be the 18th meeting all-time between the two, and UNLV is looking for its first win in Salt Lake City since Oct. 7, 2004. UNLV is 2-0 against Utah Valley all-time.
UNLV Nike Invitational
UNLV at Utah (Friday, 6:30 pm (PT))
Live Video – None
Live Stats – Gametracker
UNLV at Utah Valley (Sunday, 1 pm (PT))
Live Video – uvustats.com
Live Stats – youtube.com/user/UVUEvents
All About The Rebels
The Rebels have spread their scoring around this season, with seven different players combining for the team’s eight goals. Leading the way is junior transfer forward Jodi Barber with a pair of scores for four points. Jordan Magnin and Dakota Blazak both have three points off a goal and assist, while Denali Murnan leads the Mountain West with three assists. In goal for UNLV is freshman keeper Jordan Sallee, who played the majority of time this season and has a 1.59 GAA and 14 saves.
The Utes are 4-0-1 on the year, thanks to wins over Oral Roberts, Boise State, Cal State Northridge and BYU. Leading scorers for Utah this season have been Katie Taylor with two goals and seven points, and Kaycee Buckley with two goals and five points. In the net, Lindsey Luke has 16 saves for the Utes.
Scouting Utah Valley
The Wolverines are 2-2-1 on the young season after a pair of losses to Portland State and Drake, and wins over Baylor and Boise State. Leading scorers for Utah Valley are Taylor Kirk, Kim Stratford and Kassandra Anderson all with one goal for two points. Goalkeeper Jessica Duffin has 18 saves on the year as well.
Next Time Out
The Rebels will head to El Paso, Texas on Friday, Sept. 19, for a road contest against UTEP with a 6 pm (CT) start. Then on Sunday, Sept. 21 the Rebels will be in Las Cruces, N.M., for a 12 pm (MT) game against New Mexico State.
UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER HOSTS COLORADO, SAINT FRANCIS IN NIKE INVITATIONAL
Rebels are 2-0 for first time since 2010
The UNLV women’s soccer team looks to remain undefeated this weekend as it hosts the UNLV Nike Invitational on Friday and Sunday at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels will be facing a pair of teams that reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago in this weekend’s event, taking on Colorado on Friday night at 7 pm, before ending the weekend against Saint Francis on Sunday at 1 pm.
Tickets are $8 for adults, while children 12 and under are always free to UNLV soccer games. A special note to all fans attending the contest, the parking lots at the soccer field are currently closed, fans should expect to park instead at the baseball lots and walk over to Johann Field.
All four games of the Nike Invitational will have a live video stream and Gametracker available, which can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.
All About The Rebels
UNLV had a successful start to the season under first-year head coach Chris Shaw, with a 2-1 victory over Northern Arizona and a 3-2 overtime win against Grand Canyon this past weekend. That 2-0 start is the first for the Rebels since 2010, while Shaw is the second Rebel coach to win their first two games at the helm of the program.
Five different players all scored last weekend for UNLV, with three of them scoring their first career goal as a Rebel (Isabelle Delgado, Jodi Barber, Chidera Akubuilo). Delgado also has an assist this year to lead UNLV with three points, while junior midfielder Denali Murnan’s two assists are tops in the Mountain West.
In goal for UNLV is freshman keeper Jordan Sallee, who played the entire 180:49 of the season thus far, and has nine saves and a 1.49 GAA.
The Buffs are 2-0 on the year, thanks to a 2-0 win over Colorado State and a 1-0 win against Northern Colorado in the Colorado Cup. Three different players scored for CU in the two wins, while in goal has been Kate Scheele, who posted a pair of shutouts and five total saves.
Scouting Saint Francis
The Red Flash were predicted to defend their Northeast Conference title from a year ago, as Saint Francis was picked first in the coaches poll released on Aug. 18. The season did not start out the way SFU wanted however, with a pair of scoreless losses at home. The season opener was a 3-0 loss to St. John’s, followed by a 1-0 loss to Delaware. While the team is looking for its first goal of the year, Romina Kunze has played the first two games in goal, and has a 2.00 GAA with nine saves in 180 minutes of action.
Next Time Out
The Rebels will have a week off before returning to the field on Friday, Sept. 12, with a road contest at Utah in Salt Lake City, with a 6:30 pm (PT) start.
UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER OPENS SEASON IN REBEL CLASSIC ON FRIDAY
Friday’s contest will be against Northern Arizona, weekend concludes Sunday against Grand Canyon
The UNLV women’s soccer team opens up the 2014 season with this weekend’s UNLV Rebel Classic, in which it faces Northern Arizona in the season opener on Friday at 7 pm, and then close out on Sunday against Grand Canyon at 1 pm. UC Riverside will be the fourth team in the tournament, which will also have games at 4:30 pm Friday and 10:30 am Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, while children 12 and under are always free to UNLV soccer games. A special note to all fans attending the contest, the parking lots at the soccer field are currently closed, fans should expect to park instead at the baseball lots and walk over to Johann Field.
All four games of the Rebel Classic will have a live video stream and Gametracker available, which can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.
UNLV Weekly Release
All About The Rebels
This is a young Rebel squad, with only one senior and 23 underclassmen. The one bright spot is that 10 members of the sophomore class started at least two games or more last year, and the Rebels hope that experience will pay off this year. The top two returning scorers from a year ago are a pair of sophomores, midfielder Jordan Magnin (four goals, eight points) and forward Dakota Blazak (three goals, seven points). There will be a new face in the net after four-year starter Kylie Wassell graduated following a stellar career. Four freshmen keepers are all in the mix to be the starter on opening night.
UNLV is 4-1-2 all-time against Northern Arizona, and is on a six-game unbeaten streak against the Lumberjacks, though last year’s meeting finished in a double-overtime 0-0 tie in Flagstaff. This is the first-ever meeting between the Rebels and Grand Canyon.
Scouting Northern Arizona
The Lumberjacks finished last season with a 11-5-3 mark and placed second in the Big Sky. They look ready to make another top finish in the conference as they return six all-league selections from a year ago, and have been picked to finish third in the conference while picking up one first place vote in the preseason poll. Leading the way is Cierra Gamble who led the Big Sky in scoring with 15 points and five goals. Three players are contending to be the starter in goal.
Scouting Grand Canyon
The Antelopes are in their second year in the WAC, and have been picked to finish fifth after a fourth-place record of 4-7-1, 5-12-1 overall. Junior forward Cassie Beckwith, the team’s leading scorer a year ago with four goals, returns for Grand Canyon, while the goalkeeper position is also up for grabs.
Next Time Out
The Rebels will be at home for the second straight weekend, hosting the UNLV Nike Invitational. The first game will be on Friday, Aug. 29 against Colorado at 7 pm, followed by a Sunday, Aug. 31 contest against Saint Francis at 10:30 am. Both games will be at Johann Memorial Field.
UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYS EXHIBITION FRIDAY AGAINST EVANSVILLE
Live webcast of the game available at www.UNLVRebels.com
The UNLV women’s soccer team will see the field for the first time this season on Friday night, as the Rebels will host Evansville in an exhibition game at 7 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field. Attendance is free, while fans attending the game should expect to park at the baseball parking lots and walk over to Johann Field, due to the construction project to increase the soccer parking.
UNLV is under first-year head coach Chris Shaw, and return seven starters from last year’s team that posted a 10-8-3 record. There will be a live webcast of Friday’s game against the Aces available thanks to the Mountain West Network on UNLVRebels.com.
The regular season will come on Friday, Aug. 22, against Northern Arizona at 7 pm at Johann Field as part of the UNLV Rebel Classic. The Rebels will also play Grand Canyon that weekend, a 1 pm contest on Sunday, Aug. 24.
UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER ADDS ANDY PRINGLE, EMILY GRANT AND COURTNEY IRWIN TO COACHING STAFF
Pringle promoted from volunteer to full-time assistant, Grant and Irwin are first-year members of the Rebels
UNLV women’s soccer head coach Chris Shaw announced his first coaching staff on Monday as Andy Pringle has been promoted from volunteer to full-time assistant coach, Emily Grant will be the second assistant coach, and Courtney Irwin has been hired as the director of operations. Shaw also announced that Erica Meier, a midfielder on the team the past three years until injuries ended her playing career, will serve as undergraduate assistant coach for the 2014 season.
Pringle first joined the UNLV staff as a volunteer assistant/goalkeeper coach in February 2013. He was promoted to full-time assistant in spring 2014 and led the team during the head coaching transition, and then was kept on the staff by Shaw and elevated to the top assistant position. Pringle’s roles with the team will include: goalkeeper training, scouting opposition, assisting with recruitment, assisting with training and development of players in practice and game settings, and game day organization. As the goalkeeper coach in 2013, he oversaw Kylie Wassell to a season that included five shutouts, 86 saves and a GAA of just 1.16 in over 2,000 minutes play, while also being named all-conference.
“I’m excited about having Andy move into a full time position with the program,” said Shaw. “He has demonstrated an unquestionable commitment to the program over the last year and will provide some continuity for the team. In addition, his knowledge of the game, state and regional contacts, and top notch goalkeeper coaching experience will be invaluable to the program moving forward.”
Before moving to Las Vegas in 2012, Pringle built an extensive club and high school coaching resume in Southern California and still runs a goalkeeper school there. In addition to his role at UNLV, he now works as the Director of Coaching for a local club as well as goalkeeper coach for Nevada ODP. He currently holds a USSF C license and NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. Pringle is also currently attending classes at UNLV while working on his degree. Growing up in Newcastle, England, Pringle was a product of the Newcastle United youth system, enjoying four years there before moving on to several other professional clubs. In the U.S., he won the U19 National Championship with Nomads of San Diego and played in the A-League and USL.
Grant comes to UNLV from Nashville, where she was a club coach for the U-10 and U-14 girls at Tennessee Soccer Club since September of 2012, helping guide the U14 squad to the state cup title as an assistant coach. Prior to her coaching position, Grant was a two-time team captain for Vanderbilt University, which she helped reach two SEC tournament quarterfinal rounds during her career from 2008-11. She was named Overall MVP as a senior, and following graduation was captain for the Philadelphia Fever of the WPSL in the summer of 2012. She received her bachelor of arts degree in classics from Vanderbilt in May 2012.
“Emily is a young and up and coming coach that has a passion for the game and a great work ethic,” said Shaw. “She has a great playing background at a high level and her insight as a former player will prove very beneficial in her role at UNLV.”
Irwin was a four-year All-WAC Academic player for New Mexico State from 2009-13. She started a total of 76 games in her career and earned the team’s defensive and overall MVP awards her senior year while also serving as the team captain. Irwin played for two assistant NMSU coaches that also have been assistant coaches at UNLV, Stephanie Rigamat and Cortney Sobrero. She received her bachelor of science degree in community health from New Mexico State in May 2013. Most recently she held a pair of jobs in Utah, working for Lets Play Gardner Village Indoor Soccer and as a representative at Crossroads Fitness before joining the UNLV staff.
“Courtney is a former Division 1 player with a great work ethic and desire to get into the college game,” said Shaw. “She will be instrumental in assuring that the women’s soccer program day to day operations are running smoothly and efficiently. Erica meanwhile was a fantastic player that unfortunately had her college career ended prematurely due to injuries. When she expressed an interest in staying involved with the program, I thought it would be a great opportunity to have someone on staff that knows that team inside and out and can serve as a bridge between the coaching staff and current team.”
UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2014 SCHEDULE
This year’s slate features a mid-season six-game road trip
There are several challenges awaiting the UNLV women’s soccer team this upcoming season as the athletics department released the 2014 schedule on Monday afternoon. In addition to facing a total of five teams that are coming off NCAA tournament appearances, the Rebels will also play of 10 of its 19 games on the road, including a six-game road swing midway through the season.
UNLV will begin the year with a four-game homestand, thanks to hosting a pair of in-season tournaments. First up will be the UNLV Rebel Classic on Aug. 22 and 24. For the second time in three years, the Rebels will not only be opening the season against Northern Arizona, but also debuting their new coach against the Lumberjacks as well as UNLV is led this season by first-year head coach Chris Shaw. That game will be followed by a match with Grand Canyon, the first-meeting ever between the teams, on Aug. 24. UC Riverside will be the fourth team in the field.
The following weekend will be the UNLV Nike Invitational, which will see the Rebels open by facing Colorado, who reached the third round of the NCAAs last season, on Aug. 29. The second game of the weekend will be against another NCAA participant, Saint Francis, on Aug. 31. Kent State is also featured in the Nike Invitational.
UNLV then undertakes its toughest stretch of the season with six straight games on the road over three consecutive weekends. The road trip begins with a pair of games in the Beehive State, as the Rebels meet Utah (2013 NCAA participants) for the first time since the Utes left the Mountain West with a Sept. 12 contest in Salt Lake City. UNLV stays in the state to face Utah Valley on Sept. 14, the first time the teams have played in Orem after a pair of matches in Las Vegas in 2005 and 2007, both Rebel victories.
Another first for the Rebels comes the following weekend when they make the trip to El Paso, Texas to face UTEP on Sept. 19. the only other meeting between the two came in Las Vegas in the 2000 season. UNLV closes out that weekend by taking on nearby New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M., on Sept. 21. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Rebels and the Aggies, and will close out the non-conference slate for UNLV.
UNLV opens the 2014 Mountain West schedule with a pair of road games on the Front Range, beginning with a Sept. 26 contest at Colorado State and at Wyoming on Sept. 28. The Rebels finally return home to Las Vegas for a Oct. 3 game with Fresno State. Other highlights of the MW slate include back-to-back games against NCAA teams from a year ago, at home against San Diego State on Oct. 12 and on the road at new league member Colorado College on Oct. 17 in Colorado Springs.
The Rebels close out the regular season on Nevada Day on the road against Nevada, Reno on Oct. 31, a contest that is also part of the Governor’s Series (presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold). This year’s Mountain West tournament is being hosted by San Diego State on Nov. 4-9 at the SDSU Sports Deck.
The Rebels bring back seven starters from last year’s squad that finished with a 10-8-3 record and advanced to the MW tournament for the fourth straight year.
MICHAEL COLL RESIGNS AS UNLV WOMEN’S HEAD SOCCER
Michael Coll has resigned as head women’s soccer coach at UNLV to take over the head coach position at UNC Greensboro, the UNLV athletic department announced on Tuesday.
Coll leaves after two years as the Rebels’ head coach, and posted a 22-12-7 overall record. That included an 12-4-4 mark his first season, and UNLV qualified for the Mountain West tournament both years under Coll.
“Michael is leaving our women’s soccer program in great shape: a Team GPA of 3.46, a winning season and an APR score of 982,” said Dr. Lisa Kelleher,Associate Athletic Director/SWA at UNLV. “We wish Michael well in his future endeavor.”
Current assistant coach Mark Carr will serve as interim coach during UNLV’s spring schedule, which starts with its first game on March 15.