Stumble On Senior Day
Nov. 6, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's soccer team saw New Mexico rally from a 2-0 halftime deficit, as the Lobos scored three second-half goals to steal a 3-2 victory over the Rebels in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon from Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels dropped to 6-10-2, 3-5-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with the loss on their Senior Day, while UNM improved to 8-4-5, 5-2-3 in the league.
Both teams could meet again next week, as they await the announcement of the 2010 MPSF Tournament bracket, which will be released on Sunday. UNLV is set as the fifth seed in the tournament, and will open play on Thursday with the time and opponent still to be determined. This year's tournament is being hosted by Sacramento State.
UNLV broke open a scoreless game with two goals exactly one minute apart late in the first half. The day's first score came when Joaquin Rivas served up a pass into the box from the left side. Mike Mota redirected the pass to Nick Marshall on the right side of the post, and the sophomore forward tapped in the ball from five yards out for a Rebel score in the 40th minute. The lead grew to 2-0 in the 41st minute when a Rebel was pulled down inside the box, and Jonny Espinoza converted the ensuring penalty kick.
New Mexico broke into the scoring column in the 56th minute when Michael Reed scored on a penalty kick after a Rebel foul inside the box. That goal sparked the Lobos, who tied the game in the 58th minute on a long blast by Matt Armstrong, that sailed into the left corner from 25 yards out UNM kept up the attack, and scored the game-winner six minutes later when Michael Green was left unmarked in the box and scored to the left post off an assist from Devon Sandoval.
After holding a 9-3 edge on shots in the first half, UNLV was outshot 8-1 in the second, and 11-10 for the day. UNLV had a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks. Ryan Harding was in goal for UNLV, and allowed three goals while making one save. Justin Holmes posted four saves and two goals allowed for the Lobos.