Aug. 31, 2007
LAS VEGAS, NV - UNLV's Katie Carney scored twice, including the game-winning goal in just the second minute of the match, to lift the host Rebels to a 2-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at the UNLV adidas Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Titans lost their season opener for the third time in the last four seasons, falling to 0-1 in the coaching debut of first-year head coach Demian Brown. UNLV improved to 1-0 with the victory.
Carney's game-winner came just 1:38 into the match as her long free kick from 35 yards out couldn't be handled by Fullerton goalkeeper Shayla Sabin giving the Rebels the 1-0 advantage.
The goal was the third-fastest scored against the Titans in the history of the program behind only Patty Teal's score for Cal Poly in 34 seconds in 1997 and Monica Castello's tally for San Diego in the first 1:31 back in 1993.
The score remained that way through the half until Carney struck again in the 81st minute with an insurance goal, taking a pass from teammate LaChere Anglin and unleashing a rocket from 30 yards out to the left post for the final tally of the match.
Sabin did her best to keep her side in the match, making seven saves on the night in net. It was her first appearance in net since Oct. 30, 2005, at Long Beach State after sitting out all of the 2006 campaign.
Cal State Fullerton concludes tournament play on Sunday morning (Sept. 2) at 11 a.m. as the Titans take on Idaho State. The Bengals opened tournament play with a 1-0 loss to Arizona State earlier Friday evening.
Live stats will be available through UNLV's website at www.unlvrebels.com.