Rebels Stun No. 23 Mustangs 1-0
Sept. 1, 2009
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The UNLV men's soccer team opened the 2009 season on Tuesday night in impressive fashion, as the Rebels went on the road and upset No. 23 Cal Poly 1-0 in double-overtime off a goal from freshman Nick Marshall. The win for the Rebels, which was the season-opener for both teams, was the first-ever under fourth-year head coach Mario Sanchez over a ranked opponent on the road.
Though the host Mustangs came in with the national ranking, it was the Rebels that came out aggressive, as they would finish with a 14-8 edge on shots, including 6-1 during the second half. After both teams took one shot each in the first overtime period, UNLV took all three shot attempts of the second extra 10 minutes. The third shot would turn out to be the golden goal for UNLV, as junior Stephen Sifuentes took a free kick for UNLV, and sent the ball over to Marshall. The freshman then scored from the top of the box, sending his shot past Mustang goalkeeper Patrick McLain for the game-winner.
It was also a strong defensive performance from UNLV. Cal Poly was held to a total of three shots on goal, while junior Roland Swanson posted three saves to earn his second career shutout. McLain was credited with six saves for the Mustangs.
The Rebels will return to action this weekend when they host the UNLV Nike Invitational. UNLV opens up against Central Arkansas on Friday night at 7 pm, and then will take on Robert Morris on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1 pm. All games are being held at Peter Johann Memorial Field.