The Buffaloes fall to 2-2 on the season while UNLV improves to 4-1.
Colorado took the lead early at just 6:17 into the first half. Kym Lowry broke away from the defense and sprinted down the right sideline. She passed the ball to Kassidy Fitzpatrick at center field just outside the goal box. Fitzpatrick delivered the ball to Alex Dohm who stood between her and UNLV goalie Kylie Wassell. Dohm fired the ball from about five yards out into the back of the net to put the Buffs up 1-0.
Dohm was named CU's Team MVP for the DU Invitational -- one was awarded for all four teams -- while Haley Hughes and Kate Russell were named to the All-Tournament Team.
UNLV retaliated and tied the game 1-1 in the 18th minute when Amanda Forrester sent the ball to Collete Jepson who was just outside of the goal box. CU goalkeeper Annie Brunner was playing further out than usual, and as she tried to stop the ball, it blazed past her and into the open net.
At the 30-minute mark, UNLV took the lead with a goal that surprised many people watching. Macy Jo Harrison maneuvered around the Colorado defense at midfield and took a fierce shot from over 25-yards out. The ball sailed towards the goal and just grazed the top of the goal, inches above Brunner's head, to put the Rebels up 2-1 for the remainder of the half. It was the first time this season the Buffs have trailed at the half.
"They had three shots in the first half, and two goals," said head coach Bill Hempen. "So at halftime I said 'Well, what did we learn from that? Don't let them shoot.'"
CU came out for the second half with a new game plan hoping to stop the Rebels and come out ahead.
Caroline Danneberg came close to pulling the Buffs even in the 58th minute as she was given a direct kick after a UNLV defender tripped Hughes at the top of the goal box and received a yellow card. Danneberg's kick deflected off one of the defenders, and the Rebels maintained possession.
The Rebels increased their lead to 3-1 off a corner kick in the 68th minute. The ball volleyed between UNLV players until Katherine Orellana got ahold of it. She passed it to Jepson who tapped it in just past Brunner in the goal.
Anglin LaChere scored the fourth and final goal of the game for UNLV off a penalty kick with just over 10 minutes to play.
CU answered with a penalty kick with two minutes left on the clock. Taryn Vitacca blasted the ball past Wassell, providing the final margin.
"At the end of the day, I probably let my emotions get hold of me because we played a different way than we normally played," Hempen said. "I wanted to try and press them, and we didn't do very well at it."
"I think we need to work on getting back that fluidity and cohesiveness we had before, and we kind of lacked that this game," said Anne Stuller. "We are going to work really hard and get that back so when we go to Washington this won't happen again."
The Buffaloes travel to Spokane, Wash. next weekend to compete in the Gonzaga University Tournament. CU will take on the host Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. They will take on Washington State University in their last game on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Noon.