Second Half Troubles
Sept. 16, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - In a game that saw two of the three goals come on penalty kicks, UNLV (1-5) had a big shot advantage but could not pull off the win, falling 2-1 at UC Riverside (3-2) in men's college soccer action on Friday night at UCR Soccer Stadium.
UNLV blasted shots at the goal in the first half, taking 13 to just three for the host squad. However, only one of those was able to get past the UCR goalkeeper, and that was on a penalty kick following a foul in the box. Junior Jonny Espinoza converted the PK attempt in the 41st minute, giving him his third score of the year and a 1-0 lead for the Rebels, which is how the first half would end.
Just under 10 minutes into the second half UCR tied the game, and this was on a PK as well, with Julio Reyes scoring for the Highlands to make it a 1-1 contest in the 55th minute. The winning score came in the 67th minute when Jose Diaz headed in a ball from Hayden Leslie, putting UCR up 2-1, and that would remain as the final score as well.
Zach Kupfer led UNLV with five shots on the night, while Espinoza and Salvador Bernal had three shots each, including one on goal from both players. UNLV's final shot advantage was 19-9, and 5-3 on shots on goal, though in the second half, both teams took six each. Ryan Harding finished with one save in goal for UNLV, while Cody Suppe was credited with four for UCR. UNLV also finished with a 7-1 edge on corner kicks for the night.
UNLV is off for a week before its next action, on Friday, Sept. 23 at UC Irvine in a 7 pm contest.