Sept. 11, 2017
LOS ANGELES (UNLVRebels.com) -
||UNLV Rebels(1-4-0, 0-0-0)
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UNLV turned in one of its best overall team efforts of the season Monday night on the road at 25th-ranked UCLA, but a penalty kick by the Bruins (2-2) in the final minutes gave the host team a 1-0 victory over the Rebels (1-4) at Drake Stadium. That ruined an outstanding game by sophomore goalkeeper Enrique Adame, who came up with numerous point blank saves in the second half to keep UNLV in the contest.
THE TURNING POINT: The game was scoreless in the 88th minute when a Rebel defender was called for a trip of a Bruin player inside the box. That awarded UCLA a penalty kick, and Brian Iloski took a stutter step approach before sending his shot to the right side after Adame guessed left.
STAT OF THE GAME: UCLA finished with a 13-10 edge on shots, 7-4 on shots on goal.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Adame turned in a career-best performance as he stopped every live ball shot he faced in the game, including six in the second half, almost all of them from point blank range.
QUOTABLE: "Obviously I'm extremely proud of the effort and the intensity and focus the guys brought to the game tonight. They played with confidence and matched UCLA's technical skills throughout the game. UCLA had some great chances at the end that were denied by Enrique, and it's unfortunate to give away a penalty kick in the final minutes.
"Enrique made some saves tonight that we've seen him make in training, but it was good to see him make in a game, especially in this kind of environment. Kevin (Partida) and Timo (Mehlich) both had strong games as well, while we started a pair of freshman in Jesus Partida and Marco Gonzalez and they showed they could play at this level."
- UNLV Head Coach Rich Ryerson
* UNLV nearly had the first goal of the game midway through the second half, but Danny Moran was just a foot ahead of the defense and was called offsides, wiping off the score.
* UNLV is looking for its first goal since the season opener after suffering a fourth straight shutout, three coming in road contests.
* UCLA is the third ranked team the Rebels have played this year. Earlier they defeated No. 15 Portland and dropped their only home contest to No. 11 Pacific.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV hosts the Johann Memorial Classic this weekend, with games on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The Rebels will face Saint Francis on Friday at 7 pm, before closing out against No. 22 Gonzaga at 1 pm. Two hours prior to both contests, the UNLV Soccer Foundation will hold a free tailgate party, with free food, drinks and music. Admission is free to all ticketed fans.
Season tickets are on sale now and are just $35 for adults, $25 for UNLV faculty/staff and seniors. Single game ticket prices this season are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff and seniors, though a special internet price of $5 is available for all tickets bought online at UNLVTickets.com, good up to three hours before game time. Kids 12 and under are always free at UNLV men's soccer contests.