UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Suffer 2-0 Road Loss At Washington State




Rebels handed just second loss of the season

UNLV was outshot by just one on Friday afternoon, but two goals by Washington State’s Micaela Castain was the difference as the Cougars posted a 2-0 win over the Rebels in women’s college soccer action at the Lower Soccer Field. The Rebels dropped to 4-2-1 after their fifth road contest of the year, while WSU moved its shutout streak to five games to improve to 5-0-1 this season.

“We battled hard over 90 minutes and worked the ball well at times, but we lacked a bit of sharpness and creativity in the final third,” said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. “We knew it would be a fought game against a top athletic team from the Pac-12. Ultimately we were punished twice for ball watching in our own 18-yard box, and you can’t do that against teams of this quality.”

Though UNLV got off six shots in the opening half to just three for WSU, the Cougars would hold a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to Castain’s first goal of the game. The score was setup when Korynn Blanksma sent a cross into the middle of the box where it was headed by Castain to just inside of the right post in the 31st minute. Kayla Johnson also assisted on the score.

The second half saw the Rebels limited to just three shots over the final 45 minutes, with only one coming on goal. WSU meanwhile would increase its lead to 2-0 in the 49th minute on Castain’s second score. This one came on a shot from the middle of the box off a cross from Delaney Zalud, with Joceyn Jeffers also assisting on the goal.

Forwards Jenn Wolfe and Brittney Gideon both finished with a pair of shots on the afternoon for UNLV, and the two combined for both of UNLV’s shots on goal as well. Kylie Wassell finished with four saves in goal for the Rebels, while Gurveen Clair made two to earn the shutout for the Cougars. UNLV ended the game with a 4-3 edge on corner kicks.

“We’ll take confidence from the performance however in light of several key injuries, while also the fact that seven freshmen saw significant playing time for us today,” said Coll. “We’ll learn from it and come out strong on Sunday.”

UNLV stays in the Northwest for its next game, a Sunday, 12 pm (PT) contest in Moscow, Idaho against the Idaho Vandals.

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Back To The Road For The Rebels




Rebels to take on Sacramento State and Northern Arizona

The UNLV women’s soccer team is back on the road, the first of a six-game stretch away from Las Vegas, with games at Sacramento State and Northern Arizona this weekend. This will be only the third-ever meeting between the Rebels and the Sac State Hornets, and the seventh all-time with the Lumberjacks, though only the second since 2004. Last season the Rebels posted a 2-0 win in Michael Coll’s first game as head coach at UNLV.

Weekend preview (Video)

UNLV at Sacramento State (Friday, 2:30 pm)
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UNLV at Northern Arizona (Sunday, 5 pm)
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All About The Rebels

The Rebels come in with the top scoring offense in the Mountain West, averaging 2.75 goals per game, thanks mostly to a trio of players. Senior forward Jenn Wolfe, sophomore midfielder Susie Bernal and junior midfielder Denali Murnan rank 1-2-4- in the Mountain West in total points this season, as of games played through Sept. 4.

Scouting Sacramento State
The Hornets are 1-2 on the season, having started out with a pair of losses at UC Davis and Cal Poly, before bouncing back to win at CSU Bakersfield by a 3-1 score, for their only three goals of the year. Friday’s game against UNLV will be their first home contest of the year.

Alyssa Anderson has two of the team’s three goals this season for four points, while Kimberly Mata has played all 270 minutes in goal, and has a 2.00 GAA.

Scouting Northern Arizona
NAU is tied for 10th this week in the NSCAA Pacific Region Poll, thanks to a 3-0-1 mark to start the season. That includes road wins at Long Beach State at CSU Bakersfield, both by a 1-0 margin, while the tie game at UC Riverside, a team UNLV defeated 3-2 in the season opener.

Four players are tied for the team lead with three points. In goal is Lauren Weaver with a 0.71 GAA, having allowed only three goals all season.

Next Time Out
It will be a second straight week on the road, with the Rebels off to the Northwest to face Washington State and Idaho. The Washington State contest will be on Friday, Sept. 13 at 2:30 pm in Pullman, and will be shown live on the Pac-12 Network, while UNLV faces Idaho in Moscow on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 12 pm (PT).

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Jim Livengood Retiring As Athletics Director




 UNLV President Neal Smatresk today announced the retirement of UNLV Athletics Director Jim Livengood, effective June 30.

“It is with deep regret that I announce Jim Livengood is retiring,” Smatresk said. “Jim has been a wonderful athletics director. He has dramatically increased private support and helped restore UNLV Athletics as a national brand. UNLV and Rebel fans will miss him. I wish him luck and an enjoyable retirement with his family, friends, and grandchildren.”

The retirement concludes a run of 28 consecutive years as an athletics director for Livengood at four different institutions — UNLV, Arizona, Washington State, and Southern Illinois. He is a past chair of the NCAA Division-I Men’s Basketball Selection Committee and was named the 2006 Division I-A Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

“With the academic year coming to an end, it’s the time of year in this profession when you need to make these types of decisions about either going forward full-speed or making a change,” said Livengood, 68. “This has been something I have been contemplating for the past year. It’s time I step aside and allow someone else to take the lead with the Rebels and keep moving forward. I’ve enjoyed my time in Las Vegas and I care deeply about UNLV, but it’s the time in my life where my focus needs to be on my wife, kids, and grandkids. I’ve been blessed to be an athletics director for nearly three decades. You can’t ask for much more than that in a career. And I’m proud to end my AD career as a Rebel.”

Livengood was named UNLV’s director of athletics Dec. 17, 2009. During his tenure, Livengood led the construction of the Mendenhall Center, the state-of-the-art basketball practice facility that opened in January 2012. Livengood also selected Dave Rice as head coach of the Runnin’ Rebels men’s basketball team in 2011. In his first two seasons, Rice led the team to a total of 51 wins (a program record for a coach after two seasons) and two NCAA Tournaments as well as saw the largest crowds fill the Thomas & Mack Center for UNLV basketball games since 1991. Livengood also oversaw the hiring of new coaches in football, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s volleyball, and cross country.

During his three and a half years at UNLV, Livengood also will be remembered for playing a crucial role protecting and growing the Mountain West Conference.

“Jim Livengood’s contributions to intercollegiate athletics and most recently the Mountain West will be remembered forever,” said Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson. “During his tenure at UNLV, no conversation ended or a decision was made until we heard his opinion. He is a tremendous voice and friend in all aspects.”

Under Livengood’s leadership, UNLV student-athlete graduation rates have improved. As of fall 2012, 12 teams achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher and in the past year the Mountain West Conference recognized 126 Rebels for academic achievement.

Livengood also was an effective fundraiser and made increasing UNLV’s exposure locally and nationally a priority. Under his leadership, Rebel Athletics tripled its private fundraising revenue.

Prior to his UNLV post, Livengood was director of athletics at the University of Arizona for 16 years. He was also director of athletics at Washington State University (1987- 93), director of athletics at Southern Illinois University (1985-87), associate director of athletics, development and public relations at Washington State University (1980-85), and held several high school coaching positions (1969-1980).

Livengood and his wife, Linda, have two grown children and four grandchildren.