Denver Snaps Rebel Win Streak|
Oct. 7, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Denver scored two first-half goals and held UNLV scoreless until the final seconds to earn a 2-1 victory over the Rebels in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer contest on Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The Rebels, who were playing without leading scorer Daniel Cruz who was forced to sit out after receiving a fifth yellow card on Friday night, saw their four-game win streak stopped to drop to 5-4-2 on the year, and 1-1 in league play. Denver improved to 5-3-1, 1-0-1 in the MPSF.
The first score of the afternoon came in the 18th minute, when Joe Mathot served up a ball into the box to hook up with Greg Fiddick, whose diving header from eight yards out found the back of the net. Denver added to the lead near the end of the first half, when Rebel goalkeeper Calvin Bailey came out to challenge Kyle Christensen, but Christensen would juke past Bailey and then scored from 15 yards out in the 41st minute.
Denver then played strong defense in the second half, holding UNLV to just two shots total. One of those two shots came at the very end of the game, as following a scramble for the ball in the box, Mason Trafford kicked it in from five yards with just one second left to make the final score 2-1.
Denver finished with 13 shots to seven for the Rebels. Bailey made three saves in goal for UNLV, while Matt Bredehoft was credited with two saves.
UNLV will return to action on Friday, taking on Sacramento State at 4 pm, which will be followed by a Sunday afternoon contest at San Jose State on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 pm.