Rebels Fall 2-1 At No. 3 Cal State Northridge
Sept. 20, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - Playing its second straight ranked opponent of the season, UNLV gave No. 3 Cal State Northridge all it could handle before eventually falling by a 2-1 score on the road on Friday night in men's college soccer action from Matador Soccer Field. The Rebels dropped to 2-4 on the season, while the Matadors are off to their best start since 1979 at 7-0.
CSUN went ahead early, scoring a goal in the 8th minute for a 1-0 advantage. The scoring play was started by a pass from Mynor Giron to Edwin Rivas, who then sent a cross over to Beto Velasquez, and his shot would find the back of the net for the goal.
Down by a goal, UNLV kept up the attack in the first half, and would outshot the home team by an 8-7 margin, but it would be the Matadors that would come up with the game's next goal. This time, Sagi Lev-Ari notched his eighth score of the game after stealing a pass and scoring to the left side of the goal. That came in the 41st minute, and the Matadors would take that 2-0 lead into halftime.
UNLV was limited to only five shots in the second half (to nine for CSUN), but cut the margin to one in the 57th minute. Senior Joaquin Rivas notched his third goal of the year, as he sent a free kick from Julian Portugal thought the Matador goalkeeper for the score. The Rebels could not come up with another score though, as Rivas' shot was the only one of the half on goal.
CSUN finished with a 16-13 edge on shots, and 4-3 on corner kicks. Ryan Harding made the start in goal for UNLV, seeing the field for the first time since 2011 after a medical redshirt season in 2012 while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. He finished the night with four saves in 90 minutes of action. On the other side, CSUN goalkeeper Adam Hobbs notched four saves.
UNLV will remain in the state of California for its next game, a Sunday night contest at UC Riverside starting at 6 pm.