SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After more than 99 minutes of scoreless soccer UNLV got a goal from freshman Jordan Magnin in the final minute of the first overtime to claim a 1-0 victory over Sacramento State on Friday at Hornet Field.
"It's tough because I thought we played our best game of the year," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "I thought we played really good soccer and possessed the ball really well and we had some good chances. Its disappointing that we couldn't put one of them away in regulation but I'm really proud of our girls in the way that they played against a very good team."
The only goal of the match came in the final seconds of the first overtime period as UNLV sophomore Susie Bernal sent a cross into the Hornet box. The feed found Magnin for a shot to the far post of the Hornet goal to give the visitors the win.
Sacramento State (1-3-0) junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata was again stellar in the Hornet net and made seven saves before UNLV (4-1-0) connected on the game winner. Rebel senior keeper Kylie Wassell recorded two saves for her second shutout of the season.
The scoreless first half was mostly devoid of quality scoring chances, but a key early moment came at the 10-minute mark when sophomore Kassidy Kellogg had a shot sail high on the UNLV goal. Kellogg collided with Wassell on the shot and had to be carried off the field, and she would not return in the game.
The best scoring chance in the first half came in the 43rd minute as Magnin had a header try off a corner kick bounce on goal and force a fine save by Mata. The Hornet keeper totaled four saves in the first half while Sacramento State was unable to put a try on net in the opening period.
Hornet senior Jordyn Rolling had the home team's first shot on goal five minutes into the second half but Wassell made the save. UNLV had four corner kicks in the first 10 minutes of the second half but Mata made two early saves to keep the match scoreless.
The Hornets had a pair of tries in the 81st minute but one shot sailed high and another was stopped by Wassell, and a free kick and corner kick in the final minutes of regulation by redshirt freshman Ashley Cella came up short as the match went to overtime.
UNLV had a shot blocked and another sent wide in the first four minutes of the extra period then Rolling sent a try wide for the Hornets before the Rebels scored the game winner with 29 seconds remaining in the first overtime.
UNLV had a 13-11 shot advantage and put eight tries on frame. Rolling led Sacramento State with four shots off the bench while redshirt freshman Jennifer Lum had three.
Sacramento State returns to Hornet Field to host San José State on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The match will follow Sacramento State men's soccer and will be Sport Chalet Kids Day.