Tricked By The Roadrunners|
Oct. 31, 2014 LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
UNLV looked to have the win in hand after leading for 65 minutes of the contest, but two goals in a 71-second span give visiting Bakersfield a 2-1 victory in WAC men's soccer action Friday night at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The loss dropped the Rebels to 12-4-1 overall, but they remain alone in first place in the conference at 6-2. CSUB improved to 9-6-1, 3-4 in league action.
"Bakersfield has always been a very good and technical soccer team and we expected them to be a better team then their record has been," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "It was good to go into halftime with a 1-0 lead, but then we had that one minute where we lost a little bit of concentration. Now we have to try and bounce back on Sunday and get three more points."
UNLV went ahead just under 11 minutes into the contest on Jason Khamvongsa's second score of the year. Andy Rodriguez started the play with a shot that CSUB goalkeeper Nicolas Clever stopped, but the rebound came back out to Khamvongsa who quickly sent it back into the goal for the score. That goal would hold up until the final 15 minutes, as UNLV limited the Roadrunners to just four total shots on goal for the night.
However, two of those shots on goal came on back-to-back plays, the first in the 76th minute that resulted in a tying score for Bakersfield. Simon Doherty sent in a cross from the right side to David Velazquez, who headed the ball back to the right post for the goal. Bakersfield then took a 2-1 edge in the 77th minute on a blast from close range by Julian Zamora, with Velazquez receiving credit for the assist.
UNLV finished the night with a 12-10 edge on shots and 6-4 on shots on goal, but could not come up with a second goal to force overtime. Bakersfield held the edge on corner kicks, 7-5. Ryan Harding finished with two saves in the goal for UNLV, while Nicolas Clever posted five for the Roadrunners.
The Rebels close out their home schedule with a Senior Day contest on Sunday against San Jose State at 1 pm. A free UNLV Rebel drawstring backpack will be given out to the first 250 fans, and admission is $8 while kids 12 and under are free.