Women’s soccer picks up first Mountain West win

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UNLV goalie Riley Liebsack kicks the ball off a goal kick earlier this season for the Rebels. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

The UNLV women’s soccer team defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs 2-1 Thursday night in Fresno, Calif. The Rebels were looking to make a statement as they picked up a win in their first Mountain West game of the season.

The first goal scored was a header from the right post from a cross with freshman forward Mallie Ramirez scoring her first collegiate goal in the 33rd minute. Senior forward Alysa Caso found Ramierz, a Clovis, Calif. native.

In the second half, the Rebels gained another crucial score to change the momentum of the game at the 56th-minute mark. Redshirt senior midfielder Jules Dominguez scored a goal at the top of the box with an assist from senior forward Mimi Mendoza. 

The Bulldogs did try to make a last-minute comeback with a score from junior forward Kassandra Ceja, with the assist by sophomore forward Kaelyn Miller. This score happened at the 75th minute of the game making it seem like a tie-breaking score, but despite their efforts, the Rebels finished the job with a 2-1 victory. 

The Rebels had nine shots, four saves and three corner kicks compared to the Bulldogs’ 11 shots, three saves, and four corner kicks.  

This was a critical win for UNLV (3-7-1), who started off conference play with a strong performance. Next week, the Rebels will be playing home games against Colorado State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Wyoming Sunday at 1 p.m.

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