Oct. 22, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Las Vegas) -
||UNLV Rebels(8-8-0, 5-2-0)
||Dunwoody Soccer StadiumFINAL3-1
|Musovski 31’, Takada 54’, Musovski 70’||Ferrer 90’|
Senior forward Danny Musovski, the leading scorer in the WAC, notched a pair of goals on Sunday afternoon to lead UNLV to a 3-1 road victory at UMKC at Dunwoody Soccer Stadium.
The win was the fifth of the year in league play for the Rebels (8-8 overall), moving them to 5-2 with 15 points. That currently has them in second place in the WAC standings, two points behind Air Force (5-0-2, 17 points), while Seattle (4-0-2, 14 points) is still to play Houston Baptist on Sunday night. Those three teams have distanced themselves from the rest of the league, as CSU Bakersfield and San Jose State are both tied for fourth with 10 points.
THE TURNING POINT: UMKC opened the game taking the majority of the shots over the first 30 minutes. It was the Rebels that struck first though, when Musovski took a pass, drove into the box and shot to the left post for the goal in the 31st minute. James Dyre and Timo Mehlich assisted on the score, and the Rebels would increase the lead to three thanks to two second half scores.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Musovski, a Las Vegas native, posted his 11th and 12th goals of the year in the win, as he added a penalty kick goal in the 70th minute after a hard foul in the box led to a red card for UMKC.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV attempted just seven shots in the game, but five of the seven were on goal, and three resulted in scores.
"This was a very important win for us today, it feels good to get three points on the road. I think it puts us in a good position for seeding for the WAC tournament and potentially still vying for a bye in the first round. We played with great composure on the road, Danny had a great individual effort on his goal, while Shota was able to get us one of our few scores off a restart this year."
- UNLV Head Coach Rich Ryerson
* Sunday was Musovski's third multi-goal game of the year, and his two scores moves him into fourth all-time at UNLV with 44 goals in his career.
* Senior Shota Takada recorded his first goal of the year when he headed in a Marco Gonzalez corner kick in the 54th minute that put the Rebels up 2-0.
* UNLV is 2-2 on the road in conference play this season with one game to go (Nov. 4 at Grand Canyon). Last season, the Rebels finished WAC play 1-4 on the road.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The Rebels play their final home games of the regular season this coming weekend against Utah Valley and Seattle at Peter Johann Memorial Field. First up will be a Friday, Oct. 27 contest on Nevada Day against Utah Valley at 4:30 pm. That's part of a double-header with the UNLV women's team, who will be hosting Nevada, Reno following the contest at 7 pm. It's also Rebel Kids Club Day at UNLV on Friday, with bounce houses set up before the game and other activities for kids while there will be special concessions prices of $2 hot dogs and $1 sodas during the contest. The first 100 fans will also receive a free UNLV foam finger.
On Sunday, it will be Senior Day for the Rebels, with a short ceremony held right before the start of the 1 pm contest against Seattle. Single game ticket prices this season are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff and seniors, or a special internet price of $5 is available for all tickets bought online at UNLVTickets.com, good up to three hours before game time. Kids 12 and under are always free at UNLV men's soccer contests.
Sunday will not be the last time the Rebels will play on their home field this season, as UNLV is hosting the 2017 WAC Tournament at Peter Johann Memorial Field on Nov. 8-12. The top seven teams in the league will qualify for the postseason tournament. More ticket information is available at UNLVTickets.com.