Rebels Hit Sunday Road Block At Air Force|
Nov. 1, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - After leading for the majority of the afternoon, UNLV saw Air Force score a pair of goals four minutes apart in the final 16 minutes to hand the Rebels a second straight road loss, 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in WAC men's soccer action from Cadet Soccer Stadium. The loss dropped UNLV to 10-6-1 overall, and more importantly to a four-way tie in the conference for fourth place. Only the top six teams will advance to the WAC Tournament, leaving the Rebels with a must-win game for their season finale on Saturday.
"Difficult weekend for us with a pair of road losses as one win would have secured a spot in the WAC tournament," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "This past Thursday we had the potential of playing for a second seed, now we have one game left to extend our season. Air Force dominated today in the first half and played very solid throughout, motivated by Senior Day. We will respond positively next week in our training and get after Grand Canyon on the weekend.
Air Force came out attacking early and often on offense, attempting 13 of the game's first 14 shots. UNLV finished with just three shots in the first half, but would come away with the only goal of the half when Shota Takada finished off a deflected shot from the right side by Danny Musovski. Takada's goal, in the 34th minute, would stand as the only score for the next 40 minutes of the game.
Though the Falcons ended the first half with a 16-3 edge on shots, the second half was more even as the Rebels took five shots to six for Air Force. The shutout was broken up in the 74th minute by Air Force when Trey Pujats redirected a ball from Ben Kern into the goal from seven yards out, tying the contest at 1-1. Just over four minutes later the Falcons struck again on a quick counter, with Joey Haug sending in a shot through the Rebel goalkeeper from 15 yards out in the 78th minute. The Rebels best two chances to tie the game both went high.
UNLV finished the game losing the shot total 22-8, after a 16-3 advantage by Air Force in the first half. The Falcons also had a 10-3 edge on shots on goal, while Richard Garness posted eight saves in goal for the Rebels. Corner kicks were also in favor of the home team 6-4.
The Rebels close out the regular season on Saturday with a 6 pm (PT) contest at Grand Canyon.