Oct. 10, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV played an aggressive offensive style all afternoon long against Denver, which resulted in a 16-6 edge on shots, but had to settle for a 0-0 double-overtime tie with the conference leaders in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer contest on Sunday afternoon at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
With the draw, the Rebels improved to 4-6-1, and 1-1-1 in league play, giving them four total points, while Denver is now 5-3-3, 2-0-1 in the conference. The tie moved UNLV ahead of New Mexico thanks to the Lobos' loss to Air Force.
Both teams had their scoring chances, most notably for UNLV in the first half when Jose Mendoza had a shot on an empty goal and just sent his shot wide. In the second, the Rebels thought they had earned a penalty kick for a hand ball in the box, but it was ruled to have gone off a Denver defender's shoulder. The Pioneers also had a close call, when Kellan Christensen broke free from a defender and unleashed a blast towards the goal, but it would hit the post and bounce back into play. The game would go into overtime, and Denver took the only shot of the first extra period, while UNLV held a 3-0 edge in the second 10 minutes.
The Rebel backline played its best game of the season, holding Denver to one shot on goal, while Simon Cook finished with one save to earn his second straight shutout. Joe Willis collected six saves for Denver.
The Rebels will play its next two games on the road, beginning with a Friday, Oct. 15 contest at Air Force at 6 pm (PT). That will be followed by a Sunday, Oct. 17 game at Denver with a 12:30 pm (PT) start.