LAS VEGAS, Nev. –
Wyoming soccer fell behind in the first half and was able to pull within a goal with 30 minutes left in the game but could not find an equalizer, ultimately falling 2-1 to the UNLV Rebels on Sunday afternoon at Peter Johann Field.
The Cowgirls (7-5-2, 3-2-1 MW) found themselves in an early deficit when UNLV (12-3-0, 4-2-0 MW) grabbed two goals in a seven-minute span to go up 2-0 by the 28th minute. Senior midfielder Sophie Cortes and junior forward Amanda Galbraith assisted on both goals. The Rebels maintained their two-goal lead through halftime.
Wyoming cut UNLV's lead in half early in the second frame on a goal from senior midfielder Summer Halle
. Junior forward Jemma House
sent a ball into the box that Halle was able to head home to move the score to 2-1 in the 59th minute. It was Halle's second goal of the season and House's first career assist as a Cowgirl.
"First half was all them, we had the majority of the possession in the second half but we have to be able to play a complete 90 minutes," UW head coach Pete Cuadrado
said. "We have to play an entire game the way we played towards the end today. We fought, we had a ton of energy. First half we didn't come out focused and I don't think that's Wyoming soccer. Bottom line is we have to come out ready to compete, especially on the road."
Halle and House combined for four of UW's seven shots on goal with two each. Sunday was the first game this season that junior defender Taylor Burton
did not play every minute, logging 85 total minutes. Senior goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree
once again tallied seven saves, matching her season high.
Wyoming returns home next weekend for a pair of conference games. The Cowgirls will take on Utah State Friday at 3 p.m. MT before a Sunday matchup against Boise State at 1 p.m.