Rebels Win Ryerson Cup
Sept. 24, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - In the first-ever meeting between brothers and former UNLV standouts as opposing coaches, Rich Ryerson came out on top as his UNLV men's soccer team topped brother Rob's Mount St. Mary's squad by a 4-1 score on Friday night. The game, unofficially called the "Ryerson Cup", was the second game of the UNLV Rebel Classic at Peter Johann Memorial Field. In the day's first game, No. 18 UC Irvine posted a 4-0 win over Cal State Bakersfield.
Senior Stephen Sifuentes started the scoring early when right in front of the left post he tapped in a long cross from Richard Abrego for a 1-0 UNLV lead in the seventh minute. That lead would be short-lived though, as the Mount's Chris Wheeler tied the game in the 11th minute, thanks to a shot fake that froze the defenders before he shot thought UNLV goalie Simon Cook for the score.
Abrego gave UNLV the lead for good in the 33rd minute when he connected on a long header from 20 yards out to the far right post, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Rebels. He then assisted on the next score in the game, sending a pass to the top right corner of the box to Jonny Espinoza, who quickly blasted a shot to the back of the next for a 3-1 UNLV lead in the 76th minute. The Rebels closed out the scoring on Nick Marshall's third goal of the year, off a cross from Sifuentes in the 82nd minute.
For the second straight game, UNLV had its two goalies each play a half, with Cook making one save in the opening 45 minutes. Ryan Harding then came in, and made two key saves, including a leaping grab of a header that seemed to be a sure goal for the Mount. Chris Davis finished with two saves and four goals allowed for the visitors.
UNLV held a 15-10 edge on shots for the game, 6-5 on shots on goal, and 8-1 on corner kicks for the night.
The Rebels will conclude play in the classic with a Sunday afternoon contest against UC Irvine at 1 pm.