Lobos Prevail 3-0
Oct. 21, 2004
LAS VEGAS - Jeff Rowland had a hand in all three goals, including two insurance goals in the final five minutes to lift fifth-ranked New Mexico past UNLV 3-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer action on Thursday night from Peter Johann Memorial Field. With the loss, UNLV drops to 4-9 overall, and 3-4 in the MPSF, while the Lobos improved to 11-1, 5-1 in the league.
It was an even game in the first half, with both teams getting several quality shots but failing to find the back of the net. UNLV had the best scoring opportunity of the first period, as near the end of the half Rod Dyachenko had a step on his defender as he brought the ball towards the box on a breakaway. New Mexico goalkeeper Andrew Weber came out of the box and took out Dyachenko less then a foot outside the box, earning a yellow card and giving UNLV a free kick, but the shot was just wide for the Rebels.
UNLV's next best chance came in the opening minutes of the second half, when Boomer Arbelaez headed a shot that nearly crossed the goal line but was stopped at the last second by a Lobo defender. New Mexico broke the scoring drought at 64:40, when a ball came out to Rowland outside the box, and he blasted a low kick that deflected off a Rebel defender into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
New Mexico kept up the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Rebels 13-8, and posted a second goal in the 86th minute, when Rowland's shot hit the goalpost, and Hans Weaver sent the rebound into the net for his first goal of the year and a 2-0 Lobo lead. Rowland closed out the scoring less the two minutes later, as he moved into the box and scored to the right post at 87:22 to make the score 3-0.
UNLV goalie Matt Johnson finished with five saves and three goals allowed, while Weber posted six saves in earning the shutout.
The Rebels will return to action next weekend, as they host Sacramento State on Oct. 29 at 7 pm at Peter Johann Field.