Win Streak Halted With 0-0 Tie At Air Force
Nov. 1, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV saw its three-game win streak come to an end on Friday night, but still came away with a point on the road as the Rebels tied up Air Force in WAC men's soccer action on Friday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Rebels moved to 6-9-1 on the year, 4-3-1 in league play which keeps them in third place with 13 points. Air Force meanwhile now stands at 1-9-5, 1-1-5 in the WAC with its fourth straight tie.
"This was great preparation for our guys to play in with the altitude and the cold," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson of playing at Air Force, site of this year's WAC Tournament. "We are coming back in two weeks for the conference tournament, now we can visualize the facilities and conditions and start planning for the competition."
Thought it was held scoreless for only the third time this season, the Rebels did create several scoring chances, finishing the game with 16 shots, including nine on goal. However, nine of the shots came in the first half, UNLV attempted just six in the second and one total in the two overtime periods. The Rebels were just as strong on defense as the Falcons were though, keeping the home team off the scoreboard for their fourth shutout of the season. The four shutouts is the most for a UNLV team since the 2004 squad also posted four.
Rebel goalkeeper Ryan Harding finished the day with five saves in goal, while his counterpart, Jake Schenk, would record nine in the game. UNLV's final shot edge was 16-15, and 9-5 with shots on goal. The Rebels had 10 corner kicks, to just two for the Falcons. Salvador Bernal attempted a team-high four shots for UNLV, and four players took two shots each.
UNLV finishes the weekend with a Sunday road contest at Grand Canyon in Phoenix, Ariz., at 3 pm (PT).