UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Sweep Mountain West Weekly Awards

Senior forward Caitlyn Kreutz tabbed offensive player of the week, freshman keeper Emberly Sevilla garners defensive honors
UNLV women’s soccer has swept the Mountain West Player of the Week awards, announced by the conference office Monday. Senior forward Caitlyn Kreutz and freshman goalkeeper Emberly Sevilla each earned their first career weekly honors as Kreutz was tabbed the offensive player of the week and Sevilla was selected as the defensive player of the week.
The pair led the Rebels to consecutive 2-0 victories over the weekend – Friday night at Northern Arizona and Sunday at home against Montana – with Kreutz collecting two game-winning goals and Sevilla recording shutouts in both matches.

Kreutz, a native of Clovis, California, is having a monster senior campaign up front so far with her five goals already matching her total from a year ago. Against the Lumberjacks, the speedy Kreutz put the Rebels up early with a breakaway goal in the 13th minute, which proved to be the game-winner. On Sunday with UNLV and Montana locked in a scoreless battle midway through the second half, Kreutz made a nifty move in the box to shake her defender, then squeezed the ball past the goalie to give the Rebels the lead for good in the 62nd minute. In total, four of Kreutz’s five goals have been the game winners.

Sevilla, a Las Vegas native who graduated high school early to enroll at UNLV last spring, became just the second true freshman keeper to start a season opener for UNLV and has started every game since. At NAU, Sevilla recorded saves on five of seven shots by the Lumberjacks to nab the shutout, then followed with a career-high eight saves Sunday to blank the Grizzlies. Sevilla now has three consecutive shutouts in goal for the Rebels, which hasn’t happened for UNLV since the 2006 season, while she has not allowed a goal in her last 345 minutes spanning four games.

The Mountain West honors are the 51st and 52nd for UNLV all-time, while this marks the first time the Rebels have swept both awards in the same week since they did it back-to-back weeks on August 22 and August 29 of 2016.

UNLV sits atop the Mountain West standings at 6-1-1 with one non-conference game remaining at UC Riverside on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.

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UNLV WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Sweep Mountain West Weekly Awards
UNLV WOMEN'S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Sweep Mountain West Weekly Awards