Slow Start Sends Rebels To 2-1 Loss
Sept. 12, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Gonzaga's Zach Smith came off the bench to score twice and the Bulldogs held off a late UNLV rally to claim a 2-1 victory over the Rebels in the second game of the UNLV Nike Invitational on Friday night in men's collegiate soccer action from Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The Rebels (3-1) were pushing the attack on offense early but came up short on several strong scoring chances off crossing passes. Gonzaga (1-1-1) started to push back midway through the first half, and came up with the game's first goal in the 36th minute off a shot from Smith, who collected a loose ball off a deflected pass, and blasted a shot in from 20 yards out to the far right post.
Up 1-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs came out on the attack to start the second half, and quickly scored their second goal when Bryan Mullaney sent in a cross into the box from the right side that Smith headed to the right side of the net for his second score.
UNLV would get on the scoreboard in the 88th minute, when Gonzaga goalkeeper Scott Barnum went up high to grab a long pass. Lamar Neagle got to the ball at the same time as Barnum, headed the ball out of Barnum's hands, and then quickly shot the ball into the empty net to bring UNLV within 2-1 with 2:55 to play. UNLV then missed on two header attempts in the final three minutes that could have tied the game.
Hawk Mummey made two saves in goal for the Rebels, while Barnum was credited with three saves. The Bulldogs also made two team saves on the night. UNLV held a 15-10 edge on shots, 6-4 on shots on goal, and a 9-5 advantage on corner kicks.
UNLV will return to action on Sunday, when it faces Oral Roberts in the final game of the Nike Invitational at 1 pm.