Shut Out Sunday For Rebels Over Pacific|
Sept. 6, 2015
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
After a slow start, UNLV (2-2) scored a pair of goals in a three-minute burst in the second half on the way to a 2-0 victory over Pacific (0-4) in the final game of the Johann Memorial Classic in men's college soccer action Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Memorial Field.
While the Rebels had no problem getting their shots off in the first with, with a total of 11, they could not get past goalkeeper Josh Adachi who posted three saves in the opening 45 minutes. UNLV kept up the pressure in the second half, and quickly got on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute on a blast by Oscar Velazquez from the right side eight yards from the goal to the left post. It was both Velazquez's first career game-winner and first career goal, while Tony Murillo earned his first collegiate assist on the play.
Three minutes later the Rebels would take a 2-0 lead following a foul inside the box. Kevin Partida took the penalty kick and sent a shot to the left for the score. Partida nearly extended the lead to 3-0 when UNLV again earned a PK, this time in the 75th minute. The Rebels had a great scoring opportunity with a player alone in the box when a cross was sent in. A Pacific defender then ran over the Rebel before the ball got there, resulting in the PK call. Partida took the attempt and converted, but it was ruled a Rebel had entered the box during the kick, and UNLV would have to try the attempt again. This time Adachi guessed right, blocking the shot into the air. Partida nearly headed in his missed shot but again Adachi was there to save the shot attempt.
That missed penalty kick, while not important in the final result, was a key non-goal as it allowed Utah Valley to win the overall tournament title thanks to the first tiebreaker which was goal differential. The Rebels finished with a +3 margin for the weekend while Utah Valley was at +4 after a 3-0 win over Saint Joseph's in the day's first game.
UNLV would finish the contest against Pacific with a 21-8 shot advantage, 9-6 on shots on goal, and 6-0 on corner kicks. Richard Garness posted five saves in goal to earn his first career shutout, while Adachi finished with seven for the Tigers.
The Rebels are back in action this weekend at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational, hosted by Utah Valley. UNLV will first play Mercer on Friday, Sept. 11 at 3 pm, and follow that on Sunday, Sept. 13, with a 9:30 am contest against Mercer.