Extra Time Not Kind To Rebels
Sept. 2, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV suffered a tough loss on Sunday night, leading for most of the game before Cal State Fullerton scored a late goal to force overtime, and then recording the golden goal in the second overtime to send the Rebels to a 2-1 defeat in men's college soccer action at Titan Stadium.
The Rebels (0-3-1) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half thanks to Las Vegas native Joaquin Rivas' second goal of the year. The junior forward was in a give-and-go with Robert Garcia, and scored on a shot to the right post in the 20th minute. That would be the halftime score as well, with UNLV holding an 8-6 edge on shots over the opening half.
In the second half, the Titans (1-3) turned up the pressure, taking a total of 15 shots (to four for the Rebels), but could not capitalize on any of them until the final minutes of the second half. With just under four minutes left, Jesse Escalante scored on a hard shot to right side of the net, making the score 1-1 in the 87th minute. The game would go into overtime, with UNLV taking the only shot of the first overtime period. The second overtime period saw the Titans post two shots, and the second one ended the game, when Jonathan Birt scored on a cross from Mark Vasquez in the 105th minute.
The Titans finished with a 22-15 edge on shots, and 8-6 on shots on goal. Corner kicks were in UNLV's favor 5-4. Joe Vitale posted five saves in the net for UNLV, while Adam Zepeda finished with five for the home team.
UNLV returns to action on Friday with its home opener, coming against Cal State Northridge at 1 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field.