Sept. 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - In a very competitive men's soccer contest, Gonzaga broke open a scoreless game with two scores in an 18-minute span to claim a 2-0 win over UNLV on Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Field. The Rebels dropped to 2-3 after suffering their first home loss of the season, while the Bulldogs, ranked No. 22 by Soccer America, won their third straight to move to 3-1.
Despite the margin, the game was played fairly even for the majority of the afternoon, and UNLV would actually hold an 18-9 edge on shots, and 8-5 on shots on goal. Ryan Caballero was strong in the goal for the Bulldogs, coming up with eight saves to keep the Rebels off the scoreboard and earn the shutout. After a 0-0 first half, Gonzaga got on the day's first goal in the 62nd minute when they stole the ball in the midfield and pushed their attack up the field. Jakob Granlund then sent a pass over to Alec Cutter, who chipped in a shot to the right post for the score.
The Rebels' best chance came in the 69th minute when Gonzaga was called for a hand ball in the box, giving UNLV a penalty kick. However, Jose Mendoza's attempt was wide to the right, leaving the Bulldogs in the lead. UNLV kept pressing and came up with a few more scoring chances but couldn't get anything past Caballero. The lead then increased to 2-0 in the 79th minute, thanks to a long ball from the midfield. Zach Hamer leaped up on the left baseline and managed to head a curving shot into the right post for the score, with Nikolai Lettleton receiving credit for the goal.
Joe Vitale finished with three saves in the net for UNLV, while the Rebels also held a 4-3 edge on corner kicks for the afternoon.
UNLV returns to action on Friday, Sept. 20, with a 5 pm contest at Cal State Northridge.