Upset Bid Falls Short
Aug. 26, 2012
MORAGA, Calif. - The UNLV men's soccer turned in a hard fought game but came up short, dropping a 2-1 contest at 18th-ranked St. Mary's on Sunday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium.
The Gaels' posted the first goal of the game midway through the first half, when Ismail Adam connected on a shot from eight yards out in the 27th minute. Justin Howard and Gerardo Mendoza assisted on the score. That would be the only score of the first half, with St. Mary's holding the 1-0 lead.
In the second half, St. Mary's struck again, this time in the 63rd minute on a penalty kick by Trevor Newquist. UNLV would not go away easily however, as Joaquin Rivas scored in the 69th minute on a 10-yard shot to the lower corner of the right post, off an assist from Robert Garcia. The Rebels kept up the pressure in the second half, holding a 7-3 edge on shots over the final 45 minutes, but could not come up with the equalizer.
St. Mary's finished with an 11-9 advantage on shots for the game, though shots on goal were 5-4 for the Rebels. The Gaels did hold a 6-2 edge on corner kicks. Joe Vitale posted two saves in the net for UNLV, while Andre Rawls posted four saves for St. Mary's.
UNLV will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 2, with a 1 pm contest at Cal State Fullerton at Titan Stadium.