Win Streak Snapped
Sept. 16, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Rafael Garcia scored the lone goal of the game to help Cal State Northridge top the UNLV men's soccer team 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, in the final game of the UNLV adidas Classic from Peter Johann Field. The loss for the Rebels broke their two-game win streak, and moved their record to 2-3-1, while the Matadors improved to 3-1-1 on the season. In the day's first game, Cal Poly scored once in the first half to hold on for a 1-0 win over Cleveland State.
The game was tight throughout, with both teams finishing with 10 shots for the day. The Madators almost struck in the first half, on a shot from 25 yards out that hit the bottom of the crossbar and went straight down into the ground, but bounced back into the field of play instead of into the Rebel goal.
Garcia scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute, as he took the ball and dribbled across the top of the box, before sending off a low shot to the far left side of the goal that Rebel goalkeeper Calvin Bailey just missed getting a hand on.
UNLV had several chances, including one from Daniel Cruz in the final 15 seconds that was just a little wide off the post, but couldn't get past CSU Northridge goalkeeper Kevin Guppy, who was credited with three saves on the way to earning the shutout. Bailey would finish the game with five saves in goal.
The Rebels will play at home again this weekend, when it hosts the UNLV Rebel Classic. On Friday, a day that will see four soccer games at Peter Johann Field as the Rebel women will also host a tournament, UNLV will play Drake at 7:30 pm, while San Diego State and Missouri State will play at 5 pm, followed by the second day on Saturday, where UNLV and Missouri State will kickoff at 7:30 pm.