LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Portland State women's soccer team fell 5-0 on the road to UNLV Friday in UNLV's home tournament at Peter Johann field.
UNLV (2-1-0) scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to break open the match, including three goals in a three-minute stretch after the 80th minute. The Vikings (0-3-0) have had trouble giving up second-half goals so far this season, as nine of the 11 goals the team has allowed have come after halftime.
The second-half goals in Friday's match put PSU out of reach after the team had been tied or within a single goal for the majority of the match.
UNLV forward Gaby Vazquez put her team up 1-0 with a goal in the 32nd minute, but the Viks stayed within a goal for a long stretch after that. The Rebels did not score their second goal until the 71st minute, when midfielder Jordan Magnin scored on an assist from forward Jenn Wolfe.
Things opened up for the Rebels after that, however, as they scored three goals from the 82nd to 86th minute that put away the match. Forward Brittney Gideon scored the first of UNLV's three late goals on an assist from midfielder Susie Bernal. Wolfe and Bernal then scored in the 84th and 86th minute, respectively, on back-to-back assists from midfielder Denali Murnan.
On the Vikings' side, sophomore midfielder/forwards Cori Bianchini and Tamia Hasan led the PSU attack, as Bianchini recorded a team-high four shots while Hasan added two shots on goal.
Bianchini had two looks at an equalizer for the Vikings earlier in the match, as she found quality scoring opportunities in the 60th and 62nd minute. A UNLV defender cleared Bianchini's first shot off the line, though, while her second shot was blocked.
PSU goalkeeper Caitlin Plese started her second straight match in net for the Vikings, and recorded four saves. Meanwhile, UNLV goalkeeper Kylie Wassell, a second-team All-Mountain West selection last season, recorded three saves in a shutout performance for the Rebels.
The Vikings return to action in the UNLV Tournament with a match against New Mexico State at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. That match will be the Vikings' first-ever match against the Aggies, who are only in their fifth season as a program.
Game Notes: The Vikings were without All-Big Sky honorable mentions Kelsey Henningsen and Kayla Henningsen, who were forced to sit out due to receiving red cards in the team's previous match…PSU has given up three goals or more in all three matches so far this season…Seven of the Viks' 11 goals allowed this season have come after the 70th minute…Sophomore forward Lynsey Gaines saw her first action of the season in Friday's match, after winning an appeal with the NCAA to be eligible this season earlier in the week.