Partida Lifts Rebels To 3-2 Win|
Oct. 24, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
UNLV junior Kevin Partida made his first goal of the season a memorable one, breaking a tie game midway through the second half to give the Rebel men's soccer team a 3-2 victory at Incarnate Word in a game that matched up the co-leaders in the WAC. The Rebels are now alone in first place with 15 points off a 5-1 record, and stand at 11-3-1 overall. UIW dropped to 5-7 as its four-game win streak was snapped, 4-1 in league play.
"A fantastic team effort tonight by all of our guys against a very strong Incarnate Word team," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "We were able to overcome two tying goals and hold onto the win."
UNLV came out determined to avoid a slow start on offense, and took a quick 1-0 lead off a header by Rodrigo Fuentes in the 3rd minute. Bradley Kamdem assisted on the score for the Rebels. The Cardinals answered back in the 18th minute on a score by Dylan Kelly when he headed in a shot from close range on a cross by Alex De La Garza. That tied the game at 1-1.
The Rebels took advantage of a misplay by UIW goalkeeper Kieran O'Boyle to score their second goal. O'Boyle mishandled a ball which then fell right to Julian Dragomir. He quickly shot it past O'Boyle and into the goal for a 2-1 Rebel lead in the 35th minute. That would be the halftime score, and UNLV finished the first half with five shots while the Cardinals took six.
The second half saw UIW hold an 11-2 edge on shots, and the Cardinals would cash in in the 58th minute. De La Garza again assisted on the score, sending a corner kick to Victor Pinal who scored on a strike to the left side to knot the score at 2-2. And it did after the first goal, UNLV answered a score with a score, and this time it came off the only two shots of the half for the Rebels. Danny Musovski attempted a shot that was stopped by O'Boyle, but the deflection came out to Partida as he was running into the box. Partida redirected the ball back into the goal, putting UNLV ahead 3-2 in what would be the final score of the night.
"Rodrigo had a great goal off a precise cross while Julian's goal was a great volley and Kevin scored a fantastic goal for his first goal of the year," said Ryerson. "It's a great feeling for the team to have sole possession of first place"
UIW's final shot edge was 16-8, though shots on goal were 7-5 in favor of the Rebels. The Cardinals attempted six corner kicks to four for UNLV. Ryan Harding made three saves in the net for UNLV, while O'Boyle was credited with four.
UNLV closes out the weekend with a road contest at Houston Baptist on Sunday at 11 am (PT).