Sept. 2, 2001
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Washington State fought off an aggressive offense and 101-degree desert temperatures for most of the afternoon, but at the 85:10 mark, UNLV's Cristyn Enea scored the games' only goal to send the Cougars back to Pullman winless at the UNLV Classic.
"It was just another defensive breakdown for us," WSU head coach Dan Tobias said. "We made four defensive breakdowns this weekend and it cost us four goals."
Like Friday's game against St. Mary's College, the Cougars shut down UNLV in the first half, only to suffer a lapse defending the goal in the second stanza. Sunday, WSU was not able to offset those mistakes with their offense, failing to net a goal on 11 shots.
Enea's score off of an assist by Marni Polakow was the only goal on 13 shots by the Rebels. Despite some concern on the defensive end for WSU, Tobias believes consistency will come in time for his squad.
"The positive thing is that it is something we can fix. We have a young group and we are going to make mistakes. We have a four-game home stand coming up and we are excited about some home cooking. We will be very prepared for that series of matches."
Washington State returns to the friendly confines of the Cougar Soccer Field for matches against Eastern Washington and Mercer on Sept. 7 and 9, and against Cal Poly and Idaho State on Sept. 14 and 16.