Rebels Fall In Houston|
Oct. 21, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) - Houston Baptist scored all four of its goals in the first 21 minutes of the game on the way to a 4-1 victory over the UNLV men's soccer team in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action on Sunday afternoon Sorrels Field. UNLV fell to 5-11-1, 3-4 in the MPSF with the loss, while HBU improved to 4-7-2, 2-3-2 in league play.
Christian Cruz scored the first of his two goals just under two minutes into the contest on a header off a free kick. Goals from Kristopher Tyrpak in the 12th minute and Zach Pierce in the 18th minute would extend the edge to 3-0. UNLV would seem to catch a break when George Kelley was red carded for the home team in the 19th minute, leaving the Huskies down a man for the rest of the match. That didn't stop the HBU offense however, scoring its fourth goal of the day one second into the 22nd minute, Cruz's second score of the game.
After being outshot 12-7 in the first half, the Rebels held a 9-2 edge on shots in the second half, for a 16-14 advantage in the game. However, UNLV was not able to cash in any of its second half shots, leading to the three-goal road loss.
Joe Vitale played the entire game in goal, and finished with two saves, while Kevin Suarez posted three for the Huskies.
UNLV closes out the regular season with three straight home games, beginning with a Friday night contest against Air Force, starting at 7 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field.