Jenna Howerton scores the golden goal in overtime to give UNLV a 2-1 win over Loyola Marymount on Sunday.
Oct. 2, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV freshman forward Jenna Howerton scored two goals, including a golden goal in the 99th minute to lead the Rebels to a 2-1 overtime victory over Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon in women's college soccer action at Peter Johann Memorial Field. With a three-game unbeaten streak, the Rebels have now improved to 5-7-2, while LMU dropped to 6-4-1 on the year.
"I thought today was a great game for us," said UNLV head coach Jen Klein. "We wanted to focus on finishing out the weekend after a good win on Friday night, and we knew that we would be facing a good team from a good conference, so that makes the outcome even better. We played hard and at the level I know we'll have to be at to succeed in Mountain West play."
Following a scoreless first half, the Rebels opened up the second stanza with the day's first score, which was started by a foul on LMU. Macy Jo Harrison took the free kick for the Rebels, and she placed the ball into the box where Howerton collected it and quickly sent a shot to the top of the goal for the score, her second of the year, in the 52nd minute (51:27). UNLV's lead would be short-lived however, as just 26 seconds later the Lions equaled the game at 1-1 when an unmarked Tawni Martino took a pass from Linda Bakker deep inside the box and quickly sent a shot to the back of the net.
Neither team could post another score in the second half, sending the contest into overtime, the fourth of the year for UNLV. With the first overtime period winding down, Howerton again got into the box, and would slip in a shot from close range in the 99th minute for the golden goal, giving the Rebels a 2-1 victory. Jenn Wolfe assisted on the score.
It was a very evenly played game, as both teams finished with 15 shots and five shots each on goal, and UNLV had four saves to two for the Lions. UNLV did own a 6-2 edge on corner kicks. Kylie Wassell finished with four saves in the net for the Rebels, while Brittany Jagger posted three saves and two goals allowed for LMU.
UNLV returns to conference play on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a road contest in Albuquerque against New Mexico at 4 pm (PT).