Overtime goal downfall for Horned Frogs

Editor’s Note: The Daily Skiff was not allowed to interview the coach or players after the match.It took 97 minutes and 19 seconds before the first goal was scored in Sunday’s soccer match, but instead of an uproar from the home crowd, there was silence.

A free kick in the overtime period made it over the outreached arms of freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Walters and gave the UNLV Running Rebels a 1-0 win Sunday at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

Sophomore midfielder Shannon Hughes found the back of the net off of an assist from senior forward Katie Carney to give the Rebels their second conference road victory in three days.

The loss drops head coach Dan Abdalla’s team to 7-9 on the season and 2-3 in conference play with just three matches left before next month’s conference tournament.

Both Walters and UNLV sophomore goalkeeper Alicia Lugo matched each other, keeping their shutout bids alive heading into the extra period. They would both go the length of the match with Walters having five saves on the day compared to Lugo and her four saves.

Walters jumped to make a save in the 73rd minute to keep TCU in the match. After Walters stopped a couple more shots on goal in the final minutes of the regulation period, Lugo would respond. She fended off a last-minute effort by TCU that included a shot by freshman forward Jackie Torda, the team’s leading scorer. Torda would finish with three shots, one of which was on goal.

Throughout the course of the game, both clubs faced howling winds that might have hindered the flow of their offensive sets.

The windy conditions would also play a role in the number of shots each team was able to engineer in each half. In the first half, TCU was going against the wind and resulted in a 9-6 shot advantage for UNLV. The same would go for the Rebels in the second half, losing the shot total, 10-8, to the Horned Frogs.

TCU missed a chance to get on the scoreboard in the 24th minute when a shot by sophomore forward Lizzy Karoly ended up hitting the right crossbar, saving the early shutout for Lugo. Karoly would tie Torda in shots with three, and trailed only junior defender Caroline Starns, who had five shots Sunday.