LAS VEGAS – Senior Carly Bolyard scored two goals for the University of Colorado on Friday night as CU defeated UNLV 3-0 and picked up its first road win of the season in the second match of the UNLV Nike Invitational.
Colorado (3-0) was aggressive right out of the gate. Less than three minutes into the match, senior Bianca Jones had possession near the right sideline where she crossed the ball, landing it just inside the goal box. Bolyard received the ball and nailed a shot in the upper right corner of the goal, giving the Buffs an early 1-0 lead.
“I was really pleased on how we came out and scored a very good goal,” said head coach Danny Sanchez. “We talked about coming out fast and making an impact early. Sometimes your best chances are early in the game and you don’t always have to wait until the end of the game to capitalize on opportunities. It was a great goal with excellent service from Bianca [Jones] and a nice finish from Carly [Bolyard].”
UNLV threatened to tie the game only three minutes later on a free kick. After a foul on Colorado, the Rebels’ Jodi Barber took the kick from about 20 yards out and launched the ball toward CU goalkeeper Kate Scheele. Scheele reached for the ball and knocked it over the cross bar, recording one of her four saves of the match.
The Buffs recorded six shots in the opening 45 minutes of play and had a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Colorado continued the scoring in the second half, adding two more goals before the night was over. In the 60th minute of play, CU had a free kick. The ball was placed 25 yards from UNLV’s goal box on the right side of the field, Bolyard stepped up to take the shot. She sent the ball over the wall of UNLV defenders and inside the left goal post, notching her second goal of the game and making it a 2-0 CU advantage.
“I thought we played really well,” said Bolyard. “It was nice to see us perform how we’ve been practicing.”
Less than four minutes later, midfielder Kahlia Hogg scored her first goal in a Colorado uniform and helped put the match away. Senior forward Darcy Jerman found Hogg driving past multiple defenders into the box. Hogg’s shot landed inside the right goal post to put the Buffs up 3-0 late in the second half.
The Buffaloes had a strong defensive performance as well, pressuring the ball throughout the entire match. CU held UNLV to eight shots and only four on goal, improving to 2-1 against the Rebels.
“I was really pleased on how we defended. We really limited their opportunities,” Sanchez said. “It’s a good win on the road against a good team.”
Colorado has yet to allow a goal this season, shutting out every opponent through its first three matches.
CU will look to make it four straight wins when it faces Kent State in the final game of the UNLV Nike Invitational on Sunday at 2 p.m.