Rebels Earn Tie In Season Opener
Aug. 31, 2007
CINCINNATI, Ohio - UNLV junior forward Lamar Neagle's goal midway through the second half helped the Rebels earn a double-overtime tie with Pittsburgh, 1-1, in the season opener for both teams in the 2007 Marriott Kingsgate Xavier Men's Soccer Challenge on Friday afternoon.
"For us to come out starting five new players and to earn a tie with a Big East opponent, it was a very good start to the season," said UNLV head coach Mario Sanchez.
The game was scoreless in the first half, thanks to strong defense from both teams, especially from the Rebels who allowed just one shot in the opening 45 minutes. The Panthers would get on the scoreboard first however, notching a goal in the 59th minute. E.J. McCormick dribbled into the box and unleashed a shot to the left corner of the goal. Eric Jaeger assisted on the score.
UNLV would tie the game less then 10 minutes later, when David Bryan fed a pass to Neagle, who then hit a shot from outside the box that cleared the goalie for the tying score in the 68th minute.
The game would go into overtime, and while the Rebels had two shots in the two extra periods to none for Pitt, neither team would score, resulting in the tie for the outcome.
Calvin Bailey played in goal for the Rebels but was not credited with a save while facing 11 shots. Pittsburgh's Jordan Marks made four saves with one goal allowed. Both teams finished with 11 shots, while Pitt held a 6-5 edge on corner kicks. UNLV would be called for 10 offsides in the contest.
UNLV will close out play in the challenge on Sunday, when it faces the host Xavier squad at 10:30 am (PST).