DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis freshman Mahlah Catline scored her second goal in as many matches to bring her side to within a score, but visiting UNLV was able to withstand late pressure from the Aggie offense to hold on for a, 2-1, win on Sunday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field.
The loss dropped UC Davis to 1-5 overall on the year, suffering its fourth one-goal loss, and its fifth one-goal decision, in six contests overall. The Rebels, who suffered their first loss of the season on Friday, improved to 5-1 overall with the win.
"Today's result was unfortunate, but I am really optimistic about the numerous attacking moments we created this weekend," Head Coach Twila Kaufman said. "We are starting to create multiple looks from the run of play that did not exist before and some of our younger players are really starting to come alive."
Catline, who scored her first career goal to get the Aggies on the board first in Friday's double overtime victory against San Francisco, broke up the shutout just five minutes after UNLV had taken a 2-0 lead. Muscled by two defenders, sophomore Artrea Williams played a ball through traffic and onto the feet of a streaking Catline, who was making a cutting run down the left side.
The newcomer from Reading, England, gathered the ball and dribbled in close, firing a right foot past the keeper toward the upper right corner in the 55th minute to make it, 2-1. Catline almost had a second goal on the day, but the score was disallowed in the final minutes of the opening half after a collision on a 50/50 ball between an Aggie player and the UNLV goalkeeper away from the play drew a whistle, erasing the goal that would have tied the match at one.
UC Davis kept applying pressure, taking five of the match's final six shots in the last 14 minutes as the Aggies pressed for the equalizer. Shots by Catline and Monet Kunz in the 84th and 87th minutes forced keeper Jordan Sallee into saves, and the Aggies' had a last-gasp attempt just miss as a Mandy McKeegan free kick from 35 yards found space on the far side, falling at the feet of Kristie Braken-Guelke, who was streaking down the right side, only to put it high.
Michaela Morris in the 25th minute, and Caitlyn Kreutz in the 50th minute, were credited with UNLV's scores, with Kreutz adding an assist on the first goal for a three-point day.
Freshman Lauren Bouvia led the Aggies with five shots on the afternoon, while Catline tacked on four more, as the 13 shots were a season high. Sophie Cortes led the Rebels with five shots.
"Mahlah's two goals this weekend were great moments because they were team inclusive, but also indicative of her overall ability," Kaufman said. "Lauren (Bouvia) is also beginning to have a real impact on our matches."
Both Sallee and UC Davis goalkeeper Alexis Smith finished with six saves apiece, five of Sallee's coming in the second half as the Aggies mounted their rally.
For the first time since the end of August, UC Davis will hit the road, making the three-hour drive south to take on Fresno State on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The Aggies then return home for five consecutive matches, beginning with Causeway rival Sacramento State on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.
UNLV (5-1 Overall) vs. UC Davis (1-5 Overall)
Date: Sep 03, 2017 Attendance: 556
Weather: 103 deg., hazy, partly cloudy, lt. breeze
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UNLV………………. 1 1 - 2
UC Davis…………... 0 1 - 1
1. 24:18 UNLV MORRIS, Michaela (KREUTZ, Caitlyn) - pass from endline, spun at the six, volley up to the c-bar
2. 49:09 UNLV KREUTZ, Caitlyn (KINGMAN, Georgia) - dribbled down right side, shook defender, shot to left post
3. 54:18 UCD Catline, Mahlah (2) (Williams, Artrea) - 33 plays through defense, gathers shot to upper right
Shots: UNLV 19, UC Davis 13
Saves: UNLV 6 (SALLEE, Jordan 6), UC Davis 6 (Smith, Alexis 6)
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