UNLV’S WOLFE SELECTED AS 2013-14 BILL IRELAND AWARD WINNER
Senior forward’s golden goal lifted women’s soccer to last-minute victory
Jenn Wolfe, a recent UNLV graduate and member of the women’s soccer team, was selected as this season’s winner of the Bill Ireland Award the UNLV Athletics Department announced on Thursday. The award coincides with the Governor’s Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold, and is given annually to a student-athlete who shines in their respective sport while competing against Nevada, Reno as part of the Governor’s Series, the all-sports competition between UNLV and Nevada, Reno.
The winner must come from a Rebel team that won its competition vs. the Wolf Pack during the year, must have made a significant impact on that outcome and also be in good academic standing. The Rebels won the overall competition for the second straight season after posting a final score of 30-18.
A native of Olathe, Kan., the forward capped her Senior Night in outstanding fashion against UNR, blasting in a 35-yard shot with 11 seconds left in double-overtime for a 2-1 Rebel victory on Nov. 1, 2013, in Las Vegas. The golden goal, which narrowly avoided the teams tying, came after she assisted on the Rebels’ first score of the night, as her free kick was headed in for a score in the 81st minute that briefly put UNLV ahead 1-0.
“I’m surprised and amazed to have been named this year’s winner, and it just adds one more thing to the great way I was able to end my career at UNLV,” said Wolfe. “There were so many UNLV athletes that did very well in their games against UNR this year, I watched a lot of those games and saw how well they played, so to receive the award over those players is a great honor.”
Wolfe, who would earn Mountain West Player of the Week honors for her performance, also tied the all-time record at UNLV for game-winners with the 10th of her career. The win was the first for UNLV women’s soccer against the Wolf Pack in Governor’s Series competition after the two played to a tie the first year. Wolfe would go on to earn first team all-conference honors for the second time in her career.
She is the second winner from UNLV, joining the inaugural recipient, baseball pitcher Buddy Borden. Wolfe received her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from UNLV in May, graduating with a 3.58 GPA.
The award is named of Mr. Bill Ireland, who is deeply tied to the history of the Wolf Pack and Rebels athletics programs. A 1952 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Ireland was the Wolf Pack’s first baseball coach (1961-67). After his time at UNR, he went on to UNLV where he became the Rebels first football coach (1968-72) and later served as athletic director (1973-80). Ireland is credited with helping create the Fremont Cannon, which is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Rebels vs. Wolf Pack football game.