Oct. 30, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Sacramento State scored a very early goal and then added a late insurance score to claim a 2-0 win over UNLV in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer action on Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Field.
Adam Bettencourt notched the day's first score 27 seconds into the game. It came after a flurry of shots at the Rebel goal, beginning with a shot from long range by Max Alvarez that hit the top of the crossbar and bounced down to Almog Strikowski, who then headed the ball, that again went off the crossbar. This time it came to Bettencourt, who finished off the play with a quick shot from close range on the right side, putting the Hornets (8-7-2, 3-4-1 MPSF) up 1-0 in the first minute.
UNLV (3-13, 2-7 MPSF) had its chances to tie the game, taking a total of eight shots in the first half to six for Sac State, and six in the second half to four for the Hornets, but the Rebels were unable to get a shot to the back of the net. Sac State went up 2-0 in the 73rd minute following a UNLV foul. Cody Shields took the free kick, and sent the ball to the left side, where it was headed by Alex Lopes to Bettencourt, who then headed the ball in for the goal.
The final shot advantage was 14-10 in favor of UNLV, while the Hornets took six corner kicks to three for the Rebels. Ryan Harding made three saves in goal for UNLV, and Bryan Oliver also posted three saves to earn the shutout for the Hornets.
UNLV will close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5 with a road contest at New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. at 6 pm (PT).