NAU could not find a win as they fell to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels 2-1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite a crucial equalizer in the second half, the Lumberjacks could not secure the lead as they were handed their fourth straight loss of the season to UNLV Friday.
“This is one of those losses where you hurt for your players,” NAU head coach Kylie Louw said.
NAU had some rough moments the weekend before as they were handed losses by Pac 12 powerhouse the University of Southern California and West Coast Confrence member the University of the Pacific. The Lumberjacks looked to get their first win against the Rebels who have won the past six matches these teams have had against each other.
The Rebels were quick to advance, scoring the first goal of the match just 1:36 into regulation time. UNLV was just a pace ahead of the Lumberjacks, outshooting NAU 12-7.
NAU leveled the playing field by scoring the tying goal in the 58th minute by sophomore forward Madison Montgomery to pull the Lumberjacks back in the game. UNLV answered quickly with another goal to retake the lead and put themselves back in the drivers set with almost more than half of the second period already over.
The Lumberjacks ramped up their intensity staying even with UNLV in shots taken and forcing the Rebels to just take outside shots. The Rebels kept a stout defensive effort to hold the Lumberjacks offensive prssure, and ultimatly winning at home 2-1.
“This program is growing,” Louw said. “Each week we’re getting better and we’ll continue to be on the upswing in terms of performance and growth.”
With the loss, NAU is now 2-4-1 on the season just two games away from the start of conference play. They head back to New Mexico to take on the New Mexico State University Aggies in Las Cruces, New Mexico Sunday.