Rebels Ride Cruz-Neagle Connection
Sept. 22, 2007
LAS VEGAS - One night after teaming up for two goals in a 2-2 tied contest, UNLV's Daniel Cruz and Lamar Neagle again combined for a score, as Cruz's goal in the second half lifted the Rebels to a 1-0 win over Missouri State in the final game of the UNLV Rebel Classic on Saturday night from Peter Johann Field. The win was UNLV's third of the season (3-3-2), which matches their combined win total from the previous two seasons. In the first game of the night, San Diego State topped Drake 2-1 in double overtime.
UNLV held a big shot advantage during the game, 16-8, including 9-2 in the first half over Missouri State (2-5-1). The Rebels were kept out of the net in the first half however. Minutes after the start of the second half, Neagle took the ball and dribbled down the right side, and drove through four defenders before he entered the box, and passed off to Cruz, who was standing just inside the box in the center of the field. Cruz then blasted a shot to the top right corner of the goal that MSU goalie Lance Parker never had a chance at stopping, giving UNLV the 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.
Both teams had several chances to score over the remainder of the game, but neither could put in another score. Rebel goalie Calvin Bailey finished with three saves to earn his first shutout of the year, and second in his career, while Parker was credited with six saves in the net.
UNLV, on a two-game unbeaten streak, will return to action on Friday, Sept. 28, when it hosts Cal State Bakersfield at 7 pm at Peter Johann Field.