Roadrunners Run Past Rebels
Oct. 16, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels men's soccer team (6-3-2 overall, 0-1-1 MPSF) dropped its home-opening Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match to the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (6-3-2, 1-0-0) by a 3-1 margin Friday night from Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Roadrunners jumped out quickly with a goal one minute into the contest and never looked back en route to the victory.
Cal State Bakersfield's Evan Fassler notched the first goal of the game on a 30-yard blast that landed in the upper left of the goal at the one-minute mark. The goal stood up as the only score through the first 45 minutes of action.
The Roadrunners extended their lead to 2-0 with a free kick by Robbie Gouk at the 55th minute (54:55). Gouk set up 35 yards to the right of the goal and whistled his shot to the left side for the score.
UNLV promptly answered shortly thereafter with a shot from Andrew Friel in the 57th minute (56:26).
Gouk added an insurance goal in the 79th minute (78:14) when he headed in a free kick taken by Matt Shaxton.
In all, UNLV out-shot Cal State Bakersfield by a 15 to six margin. The Rebels held a four to three edge in shots through the first 45 minutes of action. UNLV attempted 11 more tries in the second half to the Roadrunners' three.
The Roadrunners' Eric Shannon made six saves for the win, while being helped out twice by his defense, as they collected two team saves. The Rebels' Roland Swanson suffered the loss and made only one save in the match.
The Rebels return to action Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1:00 pm when they host the Seattle Redhawks at Peter Johann Memorial Field.