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Eagles Fall to UNLV, 2-1, at Northern Arizona Tournament
|UNLV||18:24||MURNAN, Denali (HARRISON, Macy Jo )|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||UNLV|
|Shots (on Goal)||4 (2)||17 (10)|
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The UNLV women’s soccer team were able to control the ball for majority of the game to earn a 2-1 victory over the FGCU women’s soccer team Sunday morning on the final day of the University of Northern Arizona Tournament.
“We played a good team and made a couple mental errors” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “We had a couple chances at the end of the game but were not able to score and overall, it was a great trip and we can’t wait to get back home.”
The Eagles move to 5-2-2 on the season, while UNLV moves to 7-2-1. The loss ends FGCU’s unbeaten streak at six games.
UNLV came out of the gates strong in the first half, registering the first five shots of the game. The Rebels were able to find the back of the net on the fifth shot when Denali Murnan scored off a rebound. On a free kick, Mary Jo Harrison fired a shot on goal that hit the post and Murnan collected the rebound and buried the shot in the back of the net.
The Rebels started the second half controlling the ball for the first 25 minutes of the play. In the 61st minute, UNLV was able to add their second goal of the game when Jenn Wolfe dribbled through traffic inside the box and beat freshman goal keeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) in the lower right corner.
The Eagles were able to cut the lead in half in the 79th minute when freshman Kaitlin Parker (Palm Harbor Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS) beat the UNLV goalkeeper in the lower right corner. It was Parker’s third goal this season and puts her in a tie for second on the team with sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS). The Green and Blue had an opportunity to tie the game in the final three minutes of play when Wacker had a shot on net, but keeper Kylie Wassell made a terrific stop. UNLV was able to keep the ball away from the Eagles for the final two minutes to hold on for the victory.
The Rebels out-shot the Eagles 17-4, including 10-2 for shots on goal. Brown made a career-high eight saves in the loss.
FGCU will be back in action Friday, September 21, when it opens Atlantic Sun action at USC Upstate. Game is schedule to kick-off at 5:00 p.m.