Oct. 14, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - Down 2-0 midway through the second half, UNLV rallied with three scores, including the game-winner in the final three minutes for a 3-2 victory at first-place San Jose State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer action on Sunday from Spartan Stadium. UNLV sweeps its weekend road trip to improve to 5-9-1, 3-2 in league play, while the Spartans dropped to 6-5-1, 3-1-1 in the MPSF. The Rebels won back-to-back conference games for the first time since the 2008 season, and won two straight road league games for the first time since 2003.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute when Steven Sanchez scored on a shot to the far post, and then increased the lead to two just before halftime with a score from Jonathan Salceda, again to the far post in the 43rd minute. That put SJSU up 2-0 at halftime, and the Spartans held a 6-4 edge on shots as well in the opening 45 minutes.
UNLV came out firing in the second half, taking a total of 12 shots, and connected on one of those shots in the 65th minute. Jose Mendoza would sneak a shot into the far post off assists from Salvador Bernal and Eddie Vega. That cut the lead to 2-1 on Mendoza's second goal of the weekend. Bernal then joined Mendoza with a second goal of the weekend when he found the back of the net in the 79th minute, driving down the right side before beating the SJSU goalkeeper low to the far post, tying the score at 2-2.
The Rebels completed their comeback in the 88th minute. A UNLV free kick was headed in the box to Eddie Vega, who chipped in a shot over the goalie's hand for the game-winner, the first of Vega's career. Jason Khamvongsa and Kyle Mellies assisted on the score.
UNLV finished the day with an 18-11 edge on shots, and 8-6 on corner kicks. Joe Vitale posted 4 saves in goal for UNLV, while Emmanuel Espinosa finished with 10 for the Spartans.
Friday night will be the Rebels' next action, a 6:30 pm (PT) contest at New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.