Oct. 29, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
||UNLV Rebels(9-9-0, 6-3-0)
||Johann Memorial FieldFINAL2-1 (2OT)
||#22 Seattle(11-3-3, 5-1-3)
|Chavez 36’, Mehlich 105’’||John ’19|
UNLV knocked off a Top-25 opponent for the second time this season as junior Timo Mehlich scored a golden goal in double-overtime to lift the Rebels over No. 22 Seattle 2-1, snapping the Redhawks' eight-game unbeaten streak in WAC men's soccer action Sunday afternoon at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The Rebels, who trailed by a goal early in the contest before rallying for the victory, are now tied with the Redhawks in the WAC conference standings at 18 points each with one game left in the regular season. UNLV (9-9 overall, 6-3 in league play) will now have the tie-breaker over Seattle (11-3-3, 5-1-3) if the two finish in a tie, and can finish no worse then third in the league standings.
THE TURNING POINT: Both teams were held to just one shot each in the extra periods, and it was the Rebels who cashed in on their opportunity. Senior Danny Musovski started the winning play when he dribbled into the box from the right side and was surrounded quickly by three defenders. As he was pushed down to the ground he was able to kick the ball in front of him. Mehlich ran in untouched to grab the ball before quickly taking a shot from three yards out right under the SU goalie for the score in the 105th minute.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Mehlich finished the day with a team-high four shots, with two on goal including the game-winner.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV goalkeeper Enrique Adame came up with five saves on the afternoon, with several coming on one-on-one attempts with Redhawk attackers.
"It was a great run by Danny, and I was a little lucky, there was some miscommunication between the center back and the goalie. I saw my chance and ran up and made the shot, I was just lucky to be there. We are all excited for today's win for the seniors, and I think it's really good that it's not their last home game, that we'll be back here for the tournament."
- UNLV midfielder Timo Mehlich
"Seattle's a great team, we knew it would be a battle. To get a goal like that in overtime it was very exciting, at home on Senior Day, what a way to finish a game. We now have a very difficult opponent on the road next week at Grand Canyon, and then we return here to host the conference tournament."
- UNLV Head Coach Rich Ryerson
* After falling behind 1-0 in the 19th minute, UNLV tied the game in the 36th minute after Adam Musovski's header was saved, but bounced back in play where Jordan Chavez was there to head the ball in for his first goal of the season.
* This was the second top-25 victory of the season for UNLV after a 3-2 double-overtime win at Portland on Aug. 25, and gives the team four ranked wins in the past two seasons.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV closes out the regular season on the road at Grand Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm in Phoenix, Arizona. That game will be broadcast locally on Cox YurView, available on Cox Cable channel 96/1096 in the Las Vegas area, and will be able available on the WAC Digital Network as well.
UNLV is also 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. The Rebels are locked into a first round matchup on Nov. 8 against an opponent TBD, and will kick off their game at 7 pm that night.