The DU Invitational has not been kind to the CU women’s soccer team.
In their second straight defeat, the Buffs lost 4-2 to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels. Colorado falls to a record of 2-2 on the season.
Colorado opened the scoring in the seventh minute when CU senior defender Kym Lowry crossed a ball just outside of the box. Then, junior midfielder Kassidy Fitzpatrick received the ball, and sent it to freshman forward Alex Dohm, who slotted it past the UNLV goalkeeper from five yards out.
UNLV responded just over 10 minutes later as Rebels sophomore forward Collete Jepson put one past CU freshman goalkeeper Annie Brunner.
UNLV took the lead at the half-hour mark when Rebels sophomore midfielder Macy Jo Harrison cracked a shot from 25 yards out. The ball sailed just over Brunner’s head as the Rebels took a 2-1 lead.
The Rebels would take that lead all the way to halftime.
In the second half, Colorado had a chance to even the score in the 58th minute when freshman defender Hayley Hughes was tripped just outside of the box. The resulting free-kick by Buffs junior Caroline Danneberg deflected off a defender, and the scoring chance was lost.
The Rebels extended their lead off a corner-kick in the 68th minute. The ball bounced around in the box, and it eventually fell to UNLV junior forward Katherine Orellana, who sent it to Jepson for an easy tap-in.
In the 84th minute, UNLV senior forward LaChere Anglin stepped up for a penalty-kick and put the Rebels three goals ahead, 4-1.
The Buffs pulled a goal-closer when CU senior defender Taryn Vitacca blazed the ball by the UNLV goalkeeper, Kylie Wassell, in the 88th minute.
But it was too little too late as the Buffs fell to the Rebels 4-2.
Next the Buffs will travel to Spokane, Wash., where they will look to change their fortunes at the Gonzaga University Tournament.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Mark McNeillie at Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org.