Rebels Fall To Titans
Sept. 3, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The UNLV men's soccer team was dealt its second loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, a 5-1 setback to Cal State Fullerton in the Cal State Northridge Labor Day Classic. Fullerton won the tournament title, while the Rebels finished in third place, ahead of the host CSUN Matadors, who fell to UNLV 2-1 on Thursday.
The CSUF Titans (2-0-1) used a quick offensive burst to take control of the game against UNLV (1-2), beginning with a score just 54 seconds into the contest. Oscar Aguero received a pass from Jameson Campbell and slipped in a shot past Rebel goalie Ryan Harding for an early 1-0 edge. Less then two minutes later the lead was increased to two, and again Aguero figured in the play, assisting on a score from Kevin Venegas in the third minute.
UNLV cut the edge to one goal in the 14th minute, thanks to the first career score from freshman Salvador Bernal. He took a pass from Jonny Espinoza and unleased a shot from the right side to the left corner of the goal to make it a 2-1 game. CSUF answered back with Venegas' second goal of the first half, off an assist from Ritchie Gonzalez, that pushed the advantage back to 3-1. The Titans then added one more goal in the opening half when Jonathan Birt intercepted a Rebel pass and sent a left-footed shot from 25-yards out to the back of the net.
The scoring calmed down in the second half with just one total score. Ian Ramos, with an assist from Venegas, converted on a shot attempt from 10 yards out in the 53rd minute to account for the final four-goal margin. CSUF finished with a 16-8 edge on shots over UNLV, and 7-2 on shots on goal. UNLV did have a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks.
Harding made two saves for UNLV, while Trevor Whiddon played the majority of the game in goal for the Titans, coming up with one save in 82 minutes of action.
UNLV returns to action next weekend with its home opener . The Rebels will host San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm in the first game of the UNLV Nike Invitational at Peter Johann Memorial Field.