Rebels Thrash Golden Griffins
Sept. 16, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After being held scoreless on Friday night, UNLV exploded for five goals in 5-1 blowout of previously undefeated Canisius on Sunday afternoon in men's college soccer action from Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels, who improved to 2-5-1 on the season, finished with both their largest win margin and most goals scored in a game since Sept. 6, 2010, an 8-1 win over Alabama A&M. Canisus meanwhile, who had come into the contest with a 5-0-2 mark and was ranked second in the North Atlantic region, suffered its worse loss in three years.
The Golden Griffins actually scored the afternoon's first goal when UNLV was called for a foul in the box, awarding a penalty kick to Canisius. Gavin Falconer buried the kick in the back of the net for the score in the 20th minute. UNLV tied the game exactly one minute later, when Jose Mendoza sent a pass into the box and Eddie Vega sent the ball into the right corner for his first score of the year in the 21st minute.
UNLV took the lead for good in the 37th minute off a score by Nick Marshall, a shot to the right post off an assist by Vega. That gave UNLV a 2-1 edge going into halftime.
Canisius held a 6-5 edge on shots in the first half, but it was a different story in the second stanza, with the Rebels taking 10 of the 13 total shots. That was reflected in the second half score as well, with three goals from the home team. Rodrigo Fuentes notched his third goal of the season off a beautiful assist by Marshall, who took the ball down the right baseline and eluded three defenders before setting up Fuentes in front of the goal for the score in the 50th minute.
Marshall wasn't done on the day, scoring his second goal of the game in the 60th minute. Salvador Bernal assisted on the score, feeding a running Marshall with the ball at the top of the box before the quick shot and score. Marshall indirectly helped on the next score as well, drawing a penalty kick after he was taken down on a breakaway. Julian Portugal took the penalty for the Rebels, and sent the shot past Canisius goalkeeper Kareem Gray in the 63rd minute for a 5-1 edge.
UNLV finished the afternoon with a 15-9 edge on shots, and 8-5 on shots on goal. Corner kicks were 8-4 in favor of the Golden Griffins. Joe Vitale posted four saves in the net for UNLV, while Gray made three in 69 minutes of action for Canisius. Ryan Arvin played the final 21 minutes for the visitors.
The Rebels return to action with three straight road games in the state of California, starting with a Friday, Sept. 21 contest at San Diego State with a 3 pm start.