Rebels Jump Past TCU 2-1
UNLV scores twice in second half on the way to a MW season-opening victory.
Sept. 30, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV held TCU to just five shots total for the night and posted two second half scores to claim a 2-1 victory in the Mountain West women's soccer season opener for both teams on Friday night from Peter Johann Memorial Field.
"I think it was a great win," said UNLV head coach Jen Klein. "We went into this game basically saying that it was a fresh start to a strong finish and we wanted to start conference play on a positive note. It's also an emotional game, the first game of the conference season and people want to get a positive result."
The Rebels, who improved to 4-7-2 overall, outshot TCU (6-5-1) 8-2 in the first half and had two very good scoring chances in the first half, one each from Katherine Orellana and Denali Murnan, but would enter halftime tied at 0-0. That score quickly changed in the second half, as 12 seconds after halftime, those same two players hooked up on the first score of the game. Orellana would come up with the score, thanks to a give-and-go with Nurnan that saw her getting the ball back 15 yards from the goal with just the goalie in the way, and she slipped a shot under TCU netminder Alicen Wright for a score and 1-0 UNLV lead.
The Horned Frogs would tie the score in the 54th minute when Brooke Kviz sent a high shot from the left side to the top of the right back corner, making it a 1-1 game. The tie would be short lived however, with UNLV adding a second goal in the 56th minute. This time if was Erica Meier finding the back of the net when she headed in a pass from Jenn Wolfe. That goal would hold up the rest of the game, with TCU being limited to just three shots total for the second stanza.
UNLV finished with a 17-5 edge on shots, and 8-2 on shots on goal. UNLV also held a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks. Kylie Wassell finished with one save and one goal allowed for UNLV, while Wright was credited with six saves for TCU.
The Rebels will play their final non-conference game of the season on Sunday, a 4 pm contest against Loyola Marymount at Peter Johann Field.