Sept. 4, 2005
MADISON, Wisc. - For the second straight game a penalty kick goal sent UNLV to a loss, as Wisconsin-Milwaukee stopped a Rebel rally with a PK goal in the 87th minute for a 3-1 victory in the third game of the Wisconsin Big Toe Men's Soccer Invitational on Sunday from the McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex. UNLV fell to 0-2 with the loss, while UW-Milwaukee improved to 1-0-1.
"I didn't think it was a 3-1 game, we had our chances, but again we made some mental mistakes today that cost us a couple goals," said UNLV head coach Barry Barto. "We played much better in the second half, we created a lot of chances but we were a little tired at the end. I feel that we're still a work in progress and we're finding out a little more each game."
Neil Dombrowski was the key to the win for the Panthers, as he had a hand in all three goals. UWM took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, when Dombrowski hit a shot past UNLV goalkeeper Peter Clitheroe. Criag Mallace and Andre Francois were both credited with assists on the play. Dombrowski then assisted on the next score, a goal by Kyle Zenoni at 37:21.
The Rebel defense then stood strong for the next 50 minutes. Omar Bywaters found Chris Wessel in the box with a cross pass, and Wessel headed it in for a UNLV goal at 80:26. The Rebels then had several chances to tie the game, but Eric Mickschl came up with two saves, and UWM was awarded a penalty kick at the 86:22 when Bywaters given a red card. Dombrowski converted the kick to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead to account for the final score.
The Rebels were outshot 18-12, while both teams took just one corner kick. UWM was whistled for 23 fouls, to 18 for UNLV.
UNLV returns for its home opener this weekend, in the UNLV adidas Classic. UC Santa Barbara and Northwestern will meet in the first game on Friday at 4:30 pm, followed by UNLV and Portland at 7 pm. In Sunday's action, UNLV will meet Northwestern at Noon, while UCSB and Portland will play at 2:30 pm.