LAS VEGAS The University of Nevada soccer team pulled to within one with 24 minutes remaining but couldn’t find the back of the net again as Nevada fell to Iowa State, 2-1, Friday morning in the opening game of the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
Nevada (1-4-1) had the first good scoring chance of the game for either team in the 7th minute as Karen Zmirak’s header from Samantha Miller’s cross hit the crossbar.
Iowa State (4-1-1) went up 1-0 in the 20th minute on a goal by Casey Bothwell. Leslie Hill, who recorded the assist on the play, came up the middle and fired a shot at Wolf Pack keeper Marie Cove. Cove blocked Hill’s shot but Bothwell collected the rebound and scored to give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead.
Just before half, Nevada earned a free kick about 30 yards out after Kenishia Warren was fouled. The Pack’s quick restart allowed Jill Erickson to fire a shot at Iowa State keeper Ann Gleason but Erickson’s attempt went high.
In the 50th minute Blaine Dugan won a 50-50 ball deep in Nevada’s territory after an Iowa State corner kick and found herself one-on-one with a Cyclone defender. Dugan found Miller, who was making a run down the left side, but Miller’s shot from just outside the box was saved by Gleason.
Iowa State scored its second goal of the game in the 65th minute as Jordan Bishop played teammate Hill wide on the left. Hill’s attempt beat Cove to the far post as Iowa State went up 2-0.
Nevada responded one minute later as Zmirak’s left-footed shot from a direct free kick brought Nevada to within one in the 66th minute. The goal was Zmirak’s team-leading third goal of the season.
Nevada ended the game with 16 shots (seven on goal) while Iowa State finished with 10 (six on goal). Zmirak took a game-high five shots while Warren took four.
Cove made four saves for the Pack while Gleason recorded two for the Cyclones.
Nevada will face #23 Washington State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Pack’s final game of the UNLV Rebel Classic.