Cruz, Rebels Shut Out Dolphins 2-0|
Aug. 30, 2008
LAS VEGAS - UNLV sophomore forward Daniel Cruz scored two goals on the night to carry the Rebels to a 2-0 shutout victory over Jacksonville in the men's soccer season opener for both teams on Saturday night from Peter Johann Memorial Field. The game was the second of the day in the UNLV Rebel Classic, in the first game Western Illinois posted a 2-0 win over Radford.
Cruz's first goal came right from the start, as John Crawley sent in a cross pass that Cruz headed into the far left corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead in the third minute. UNLV would hold a strong offensive edge on shots in the first half, 7-3, and took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Jacksonville stepped up its attack in the second half, outshooting the Rebels 9-3, but were held at bay by UNLV goalkeeper Hawk Mummey, who finished the night with six saves to earn his first career shutout. Cruz put the game away for UNLV in the 81st minute with his second score of the night. With Cruz on a breakaway down the right side, Jacksonville goalkeeper Joey Sanchez came way out of the box to challenge Cruz. Cruz took a shot that Sanchez blocked down, but Cruz quickly tracked the ball back down and lofted a shot from 25 yards out into the empty net for the Rebel score.
Jacksonville finished with a 12-10 edge on shots, and 6-5 on shots on goal. Sanchez would be credited with three saves in the net.
The second day of the UNLV Rebel Classic will be on Monday, with Western Illinois and Jacksonville meeting at 10:30 am, while the Rebels will host Radford at 1 pm.