Five And Counting|
Oct. 17, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
UNLV scored a pair of second half goals and limited Air Force to just four total shots on the way to a 2-0 victory in a WAC men's soccer battle on Friday night at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The victory, the fifth straight for the Rebels, moved their record to 10-2-1 overall. Its the first time UNLV has reached double-digits in wins since 2002. UNLV also improved to 4-0 in league play to remain alone in first place. The Falcons dropped to 6-3-3, 2-2 in the WAC.
"I'm very excited that we got the three points," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "I wasn't happy with our play in the first half, but I felt we came out in the second half much more inspired and it showed on the field. Danny (Musovski) scored a great goal for us, and our defensive played an outstanding game. To have eight total shutouts at this point of the year is a great accomplishment for them."
After attempting only three shots in the first half, the Rebels unleashed seven on the Falcons after halftime. UNLV would get on the scoreboard in the 51st minute on Musovski's fifth goal in the past six games. Kyle Mellies earned the assist on the score when he served up a lob pass that cleared the backline. Musovski outraced the defenders to the ball, leaving him one-on-one with Air Force goalkeeper Jake Schenk. Musovski would score on a shot to the left post, putting UNLV up 1-0.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Rodrigo Fuentes took a ball from the right corner, drove in on the baseline and kicked in a high shot from close range for the score. Jason Khamvongsa was credited with the assist.
That goal just about sealed the win for UNLV, as the Falcons could only manage three shots on goal the entire game against a stingy Rebel backline. All three shots on goal came after halftime for Air Force, and all were stopped by UNLV goalkeeper Ryan Harding to give him 7.1 shutouts for the season. Through eight home games in 2014, UNLV has allowed only two total goals.
UNLV's final shot edge was 10-7, and 7-3 on shots on goal. Corner kicks were 4-1 in favor of the Rebels as well. Schenk finished with five saves in the net for Air Force.
The Rebels finish out the weekend home stand by hosting UMKC on Sunday at 1 pm at Johann Field.