Oct. 27, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV nearly rallied from a three-goal deficit, but a furious rally came up just short as the Rebels saw their five-game home win streak snapped in a 3-2 setback to Utah Valley Friday night in WAC men's soccer action from Peter Johann Memorial Field. Despite the loss, UNLV remains in third place in the conference standings with 15 points (5-3), and have also clinched a spot in the seven-team WAC postseason tournament with two games left in the regular season.
The Rebels found themselves down by three with just over 30 minutes left in the game, despite holding the majoring of ball possession up to that point. UNLV would not give up on the attack, coming up with its first goal in the 61st minute thanks to Marco Gonzalez, off assists by Kevin Partida and Shota Takada. The second goal came in the 87th minute by Timo Mehlich after a corner kick, on a blast from outside the box, but the Rebels would run out of time to come up with a third goal to tie the game.
THE TURNING POINT: Holding a one-goal lead already, the Wolverines used a two-goal burst in a five-minute span. The second goal of the game came off a free kick in the 55th minute that went into the goal untouched for the score, while a penalty kick in the 60th minute make it a 3-0 contest.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Senior Marquis Pitt kept the pressure on the Utah Valley backline after coming off the bench late in the first half, giving the Rebels several strong scoring opportunities.
STAT OF THE GAME: Utah Valley attempted just six shots, but five were on goal and three resulted in scores.
"I was very proud of the effort our boys gave in the second half after being down 3-0 to come back 3-2, and we really had multiple chances to tie the game. We have a very resilient group of players, and it was a fantastic crowd and I was really happy about the environment that was created, thanks to the result of the marketing department and the UNLV Soccer Foundation efforts "
- UNLV Head Coach Rich Ryerson
* Freshman Gonzalez scored his fifth goal and now has 16 points on the season, the most for a UNLV freshman since Danny Musovski posted 18 in 2014.
* This was the first loss for the Rebels at home since a 1-0 overtime setback to Saint Francis on Sept. 15.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will host the 22nd-ranked Seattle Redhawks on Sunday at 1 pm in a Senior Day contest, as it will be the last regular season home game for 11 Rebel seniors. All first responders and members of the military will receive two free tickets (with ID), while tickets are $8 for adults, $5 if bought online prior to the contest. Kids 12 and under are always free to UNLV men's soccer home games..
It will not be the last home game of the season for the Rebels though, as they are hosting the 2017 WAC Tournament on Nov. 8-12 at Peter Johann Memorial Field. Matchups for the tournament will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season, while ticket info can be found at UNLVTickets.com.