Soccer Recaps: Women’s Soccer scores last-second equalizer against Colorado State

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Redshirt senior midfielder Jules Dominguez looks to pass for a teammate during the Rebels' home game against Colorado State last Thursday at Peter Johann Memorial Field. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

The UNLV women’s soccer team scored a last second equalizer to draw 1-1 with the Colorado State University (CSU) Rams. The Rebels controlled two-thirds of the possession and finally got their goal with three seconds remaining.

“The players had amazing possession, we are super proud, we worked on that this week,” head coach Jenny Ruiz-Williams said. “Colorado State is, like their gameplan, they’re very structured and tactical and that’s what they were going to do, they make the most out of their  minimal opportunities and they did that today.”

UNLV got off to a rough start. CSU’s Liv Layton hit a left-footed shot from outside the box that beat UNLV’s goalkeeper Riley Liebsack and put the Rams up 1-0.

Following the goal, the Rebels controlled possession for the rest of the half, but the score remained 1-0 at halftime.

More of the same followed in the second half. The Rams were happy to sit back and defend, while the Rebels attacked looking for an equalizer.

The Rebels had three corner kicks in the final minute, with the latter turning out better than the others. UNLV’s Jules Dominguez took the final corner kick, which met Kaitlyn Kowalchuk’s head to beat CSU’s goalkeeper Maddie Ogden.

The goal sparked pandemonium as the Rebels bench emptied onto the field and the final result ended in a 1-1 draw.

“It felt like last year, they got rid of the golden goal, so it felt like the golden goal moment,” Ruiz-Williams said. “Our athletic trainer jumped on the field; I was out there. It was great.”

The Rebels (3-8-2, 1-2-2) displayed their domination by finishing the game with a 12-5 shot advantage and 10-1 corner kick advantage over the Rams (4-3-6, 1-0-4).

Up next, the Rebels stay at home to take on the Wyoming Cowgirls on Oct. 9. They will then travel to New Mexico to take on the Lobos on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer secures point in Houston 

The UNLV men’s soccer team tied 1-1 with the Houston Christian University Huskies on Friday night.

The Rebels opened the scoring through Skyler Goo, who sent Frankie Martinez’s pass into the goal at the 20th minute mark for Goo’s first goal of the season.

The first half ended 1-0 with the Rebels ahead. The second half saw a barrage of shots from the Huskies as they had 15 attempts compared to three from the Rebels.

The Huskies were awarded their first penalty in the 67th minute, but UNLV goalkeeper Andrew Sway saved Ethan Giwa-McNeil’s attempt.

The second penalty for the Huskies was a different story. This time, Bryant Farkarlun took the penalty and scored to even the game at 1-1.

The Rebels had a chance to snatch a last-gasp winner, but the Huskies cleared the ball before it could roll over the line.

There were also three red cards in the game. UNLV’s Daniel Rojas and HCU’s Elijah Le and Ethan Giwa-McNeil were all sent off.  

Sway had a fantastic game as the Rebels (1-4-6, 0-1-2) conceded only one goal from 21 shots by the Huskies (5-3-4, 1-0-2). 

Up next, the Rebels will remain in Texas to play the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros on Oct. 9 followed by a home game against the San Jose State Spartans on Friday at 7 p.m.

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