Rebels Come Up Just Short Against Seattle In Front Of Record Crowd|
Oct. 23, 2015
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
In front of a record home crowd of 1,740, the UNLV men's soccer team played a thrilling battle against No. 19/13 Seattle, but came up just short after the Redhawks scored in the final minutes to escape with a 3-2 victory in a WAC contest Friday night at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The loss dropped the Rebels to 9-4-1, 3-2-1 in the conference which keeps them in third place, while conference-leader Seattle moved to 13-3, 6-1 in the league. Friday's record attendance easily broke the previous men's record, which had been set at 1,200 on four previous occasions.
"First of all from a crowd perspective the community support has been fantastic," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "And especially in the last two years. There have been a lot of people working hard for us, Findlay Audi with promoting our pregame tailgates, Tim McGarry with bringing in the soccer community and many others.
"Tonight, the atmosphere here is what the guys want to play in front of. It was exciting, we competed against the best team in the conference and held our own. We are disappointed in losing but we'll take what we can learn from this and apply it in our game on Sunday."
The game started out with both teams testing each other out. UNLV took the only shot of the opening 10 minutes which was easily saved by Seattle goalkeeper Shane Haworth. The Redhawks would get on the scoreboard first in the 30th minute when Alex Roldan scored on a sliding kick on the right side off a cross from the left side from Jeff Rose. UNLV tied the game at 1-1 in the 39th minute when Shota Takada served up a long ball into the box. Danny Musovski ran into the box and headed the ball through Haworth and into the back of the net for the score. Musovski nearly tied the game a minute later when he had a breakaway and got Haworth on the ground but rushed his shot and chipped the ball over the goal.
The game would go into halftime tied at 1-1, while UNLV held a 5-4 edge on shots. The Rebels had the pressure at the start of the second half, and earned a penalty kick after a Rebel was pulled down by Haworth on the edge of the box. Musovski took the PK and converted for his second goal, and a conference-leading 11th of the season. The Redhawks came right back though to tie the game on a PK of their own in the 60th minute. That came after a Redhawk hit the crossbar with a shot, and when going for the rebound was knocked down in the box. Sam Langston took the shot and scored to the left side for a tie game at 2-2.
Both teams then had periods where they pushed the attack, with the Rebels for the next 15 minutes, while Seattle had the advantage for most of final 15 minutes of the contest. The winning score came after the ball was sent by Seattle into the box. Both a Rebel and a Redhawk dove down headfirst to challenge for the ball. It would be deflected out to Kyle Bjornethun, who unmarked would sent a low shot cross cage to the right side for the score in the 87th minute.
Seattle finished the game with an 11-9 edge on shots, and 6-4 on shots on goal, while both teams had two corner kicks each. The Rebel defense came up strong with two team saves on the night as well as one from goalkeeper Richard Garness, while Haworth added two saves for Seattle.
UNLV closes out its home schedule on Sunday with a Senior Day contest against Utah Valley at 1 pm.