Oct. 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV sophomore Rodrigo Fuentes posted his first game-winner of the season and the Rebels earned a second shutout in the past four games to claim a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon over San Jose State in WAC men's soccer action from Peter Johann Field. The Rebels broke both a two-game scoreless streak and a three-game losing streak with the victory, which improved their record to 4-9 overall, 2-3 in league play.
"It was huge to get this win today, and winning by shutout made it even better," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "We haven't been able to find a goal of late, so it was great to break that streak, and to break the losing streak as well, we hope we can use this to start off a win streak with playing our next two at home as well."
The winning score came in the 65th minute, thanks to a perfect cross from Salvador Bernal that was sent in from the right side to just a few yards outside of the goal. Fuentes came in and headed the ball to the left side of the post from close range, putting the Rebels up 1-0 on his fifth goal of the season.
UNLV had several more chances for another goal in the second half, with a 10-5 edge on shots after both teams took four each in the first. The Rebels were wide though on most of the shots that weren't stopped by SJSU goalkeeper Emmanuel Espinosa, but would still finish out for the 1-0 victory. Ryan Harding earned the shutout for UNLV, coming up with five saves in the game for his second shutout. This marked the first time since 2010 that UNLV has posted two shutouts in a season.
The final shot advantage was 14-9 in favor of UNLV, though both teams took five shots each. UNLV held the edge on corner kicks, 6-1 on the afternoon.
UNLV closes out its regular season home schedule with a pair of games next weekend. First up is a Friday, Oct. 25 contest against Kansas City at 7 pm, part of a doubleheader with the UNLV women's team. Senior Day is set for Sunday, Oct. 27 against Houston Baptist at 1 pm. Both games are at Peter Johann Field.