Sunday Road Loss For Rebels|
Sep 1, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV put on an improved showing on offense in its second outing, holding a 12-9 edge on shots, but two second half goals would lift UMBC to a 3-1 victory over the Rebels in college men's soccer action on Sunday afternoon at the Retriever Soccer Park. The Rebels dropped to 0-2 for the season, while UMBC improved to 2-0.
After being outshot by double digits in its first game, UNLV came out firing at the start on Sunday, taking the first five shots of the game. The game would be scoreless however. until late in the first half when UMBC was awarded a free kick off a UNLV foul. Gaeton Caltabiano took the kick, and sent a shot around the wall to the right of Rebel goalkeeper Joe Vitale and to the back of the net for the score in the 41st minute.
The Rebels tied the game just before halftime, when Corey Ackley cut back from the end line, received a pass from Salvador Bernal and scored from four yards out in the 44th minute. That evened the contest at 1-1.
UMBC quickly broke the tie 23 seconds into the second half as the Retrievers went up 2-1 thanks to a defensive misplay. Vitale bobbled a long ball, and Pete Caringi was in the right place to score from just two yards out in the 46th minute. The lead stretched to two at 3-1 off another Caringi score. This time it came off a penalty kick in the 66th minute. Both teams took six shots each in the second half, but UNLV was kept off the scoreboard in the second stanza, leading to the 3-1 loss.
Only one total save was credited in the game, to Vitale, while UMBC held a 7-6 advantage on corner kicks.
The Rebels will return to action with their home opener on Friday, Sept. 6, against Bradley in the second game of the UNLV Nike Invitational. UNLV will also host Georgia State on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 pm, with all games held at Peter Johann Memorial Field.