REBELS ON THE ROAD AT WYOMING, COLORADO STATE THIS WEEKEND
UNLV will be in Laramie on Friday and Fort Collins on Sunday with three weeks remaining in the regular season
- UNLV at Wyoming | Friday, Oct. 15 | 2 p.m. PT | Live Stats | Live Video
- UNLV at Colorado State | Sunday, Oct. 17 | 12 p.m. PT | Live Stats | Live Video
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the UNLV women’s soccer team will begin the final stretch on the road this weekend at Wyoming and Colorado State on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Friday’s game in Laramie is set for 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT, while Sunday’s kickoff is scheduled for Noon PT/1 p.m. MT in Fort Collins. Both games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network.
The Rebels enter the weekend 9-6 overall and 2-4 in Mountain West play and are coming off their biggest win of the season after upsetting first-place New Mexico 2-1 in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon. UNLV scored twice over the final 12 minutes to upend the defending champions and hand New Mexico its first loss in conference play. The victory was huge for the Rebels as they were coming off a pair of tough overtime losses in their last three conference games, including a 1-0 heartbreaker against San Diego State at home last Friday night after dominating for much of the game. UNLV could very well be 4-2 as the Scarlet and Gray have out-shot opponents in four of the six contests and come up just short in the two overtime games.
Jenny Ruiz-Williams hopes the Rebels can carry the momentum of the big win over New Mexico into this weekend’s matchups as the second-year head coach and her squad will see the Cowgirls and the Rams for the first time under her tenure after UNLV didn’t play either of the teams in the shortened spring 2021 season. Wyoming sits at 6-7-1 overall with an identical 2-4 mark in the league standings, while Colorado State is 4-5-2 with a 3-3 record against Mountain West competition. The Rebels did suffer losses to both Wyoming and Colorado State the last time they met in 2019 – with UNLV’s loss to the Rams being the first in the series history.
Despite having some trouble finding the back of the net during conference play, the Rebels continue to rank in the top half of the conference offensively, ranking tied for second in points (67), second in goals (26), second in goals per game (1.73) and fourth in assists (15). Junior Lourdes Bosch is tied for second individually with 38 shots on the year, while her team-high five assists are tied for second. Fellow juniors Marcella Brooks and Hevani Haunga each rank tied for seventh in goals (4). Defensively, UNLV is sixth in goals-against-average (1.30), eighth in saves (59) and tied for fourth with four shutouts.
Fans can watch both games this weekend live on the Mountain West Network and can follow through live stats. All links are available on UNLVRebels.com. Fans can also follow the action with in-game updates via Twitter on the official team account @UNLVwSoccer.
- Points: Lourdes Bosch (11); Marcella Brooks (10); Hevani Haunga (8); Alysa Caso (7); Nailah Harpring (4)
- Goals: Marcella Brooks (4); Hevana Haunga (4); Lourdes Bosch (3); Alysa Caso (3); Nailah Harpring (2)
- Assists: Lourdes Bosch (5); Marcella Brooks (2); Alyssa Granados (2)
- Saves: Taylor Book (25); Riley Liebsack (18)
News & Notes
- UNLV finished its non-conference slate 7-2, winning seven of eight after a season-opening loss; best non-league record since 2018.
- UNLV opened the season at home for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons and 16th time since the program’s inaugural year in 1998.
- The 2021 campaign marks head coach Jenny Ruiz-Williams’ second season at the helm of the Rebel women’s soccer program.
- After seeing only four players record hat tricks five times over the first 22 seasons in program history, two Rebels have now done it just over a season into Ruiz-Williams’ era. Hevani Haunga accomplished the feat against UC San Diego and sophomore Nailah Harper did it during her freshman campaign in the spring of 2021 at San Jose State
- Ruiz-Williams is the first UNLV women’s soccer alumnae to lead the program
- In the conference-only spring 2021 season, UNLV went 5-4-1 overall and finished tied for fourth in league standings