Rebels Soar Past Seattle 2-1|
Oct. 12, 2012
SEATTLE (UNLVRebels.com) - Sophomore forward and Las Vegas native Salvador Bernal posted a goal and an assist to rally UNLV past Seattle 2-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer action on Friday afternoon from Championship Field. With their second win over the Redhawks in a week as well as their first road win of the year, the Rebels improve to 4-9-1, and 2-2 in league play.
Seattle (2-8-1, 0-3-1 MPSF) was on the scoreboard first when Renato Bandeira headed in a corner kick for a goal in the 14th minute. That goal would hold up the rest of the half to give SU a 1-0 halftime edge.
The match turned in the 52nd minute when Bernal made perhaps his biggest impact on the game, as he was pulled down from behind on a clear breakaway. That resulted in a red card for Jose Merlo, and the Redhawks would have to play shorthanded for the rest of the game. Bernal made sure to take advantage of the man-up advantage, scoring his fourth goal of the year in the 58th minute, a shot from 10 yards off an assist from Jonny Espinoza. That would tie the game at 1-1.
Bernal then assisted on the winning score, which came in the 65th minute. His pass led to a Jose Mendoza score, his second of the year, and a 2-1 Rebel lead that would also hold up as the final score.
UNLV finished the afternoon with a 20-12 edge on shots, which included 10-3 in the second half. Corner kicks were also 4-3 in favor of UNLV. Joe Vitale posted three saves in the net for UNLV, while Shane Haworth made five for the Redhawks.
The Rebels will play another rematch on Sunday, this time at San Jose State in a 12 pm contest.