Sept. 28, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV dominated the night in every aspect except one, as despite a huge shot advantage the Rebels could not find the back of the net, and Sacramento State survived the attack just long enough to escape with a 1-0 overtime victory on Saturday night in men's college soccer action from Peter Johann Field. The Rebels were shutout for only the second time this season, and dropped to 2-6 on the season, while Sac State improved to 2-3-3 overall.
The final shot numbers saw UNLV finish with 26 for the game, which included a 16-4 advantage in the first half, and a 10-3 in the second half. Ten of the Rebels shots were on goal as well, but Cesar Castillo made several impressive saves on the way to a total of 10 on the night for the Hornets. UNLV did not get off a shot in overtime, however, while the Hornets scored on their only shot to earn the win. The scoring play was started when Isaac Ikyurav took the ball down the left side, before sending a pass into the middle of the box where Chimdum Mez redirected it into the right side of the goal. The golden goal came in the 94th minute, giving Sac State the victory.
A total of 10 different players were credited with at least one shot for UNLV in the game, including Joaquin Rivas and Salvador Bernal, both with five each. Ryan Harding played the entire game in goal, and also made a number of athletic stops on the way to four saves for the game. UNLV also held a 9-4 edge on corner kicks, including 7-2 in the first half.
The game concluded the Rebels' non-conference schedule. They will return to action with their Western Athletic Conference opener, which will be at home against Bakersfield on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 pm at Peter Johann Field.