Shutout Sunday For Rebels In 1-0 Win At Houston Baptist|
Oct. 23, 2016
HOUSTON (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
UNLV has won back-to-back games for the second time this season thanks to midfielder Memo Diaz, as the junior scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute to give the Rebels a 1-0 shutout victory on the road at Houston Baptist on Sunday night in WAC men's soccer action. Combined with the win over Air Force two days ago, the Rebels earned six points on the weekend and stand fourth in the league with 13 points (4-2-1 WAC mark). While they are just two points behind third-place Air Force, they have opened up a sizable gap over the rest of the teams eligible for the six-team postseason conference tournament in November. With three games left, UNLV leads UTRGV by six points, and holds a seven-point edge over CSU Bakersfield and Houston Baptist.
After a scoreless first half, in which the Rebels held a 9-6 edge on shots, both teams came up with their offenses looking to score, as a total of 19 shots were taken in the second stanza. The only shot that would find the back of the net came in the 58th minute, as Diaz scored his third goal of the season, as well as his first game-winner. James Drye assisted on the score, sending in a cross from the left side that Diaz volleyed into the near post for a 1-0 UNLV edge.
"That was a fantastic win tonight on the road," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "And a perfect way to end the weekend with six points while also getting the shutout. It's tough
UNLV finished the game with a 19-15 edge on shots, while both teams took six shots each on goal. The Rebels also held a 5-1 edge on corner kicks. Enrique Adame recorded his second career shutout thanks to his six saves on the night. Chance Pope posted four stops for the Huskies, while they also had one team save in the contest.
The Rebels will play their next two games on the road, against the top two teams in the league. First up will be first-place Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm, and that will be followed by a Saturday, Oct. 29 match at Utah Valley in Orem, with a 6 pm (PT) start.