Wild Night For Rebels|
Nov. 9, 2013
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - In a wild contest, UNLV nearly came away with a shorthanded tie, but would instead fall 4-3 at Bakersfield in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday night in WAC men's soccer action at the Main Soccer Field. The season continues for the Rebels next week though, as they earned the third seed in the WAC Tournament after finishing 5-4-1 in league play (7-10-1 overall). They will open play in the tournament against sixth-seeded San Jose State on Thursday at 5 pm (PT) in the first round. This year's tournament is being held at Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"Tonight was a crazy game," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "We were up 2-0, then they went ahead 3-2. We get a red card, yet tie the game at 3-3. We lost a defender to a tough injury, and gave up a tough goal on the game-winner for Bakersfield, who did play good tonight. Fortunately, we start a new season in conference play on Thursday in Colorado Springs."
The Rebel jumped out to the early lead, thanks Sebastian Hernandez's first goal of the season, coming in the third minute, a deflection off a Rodrigo Fuentes free kick in the 3rd minute. The lead increased to 2-0 in the eighth minute, again off a free kick, with Bradley Kamden sending the ball straight to the back of the net in the eighth minute. It was also the first goal of the year for Kamdem.
Bakersfield answered back with three goals in a 27-minute span, all in the first half. First was a goal by Danny Corrall, off assists from Joe Masumiya and Eduardo Calzada in the 17th minute to make the score 2-1. Calzada then scored the next two goals, the first in the 27th minute off an assist from Jonathan Colunga to tie the game at 2-2. The Roadrunners went ahead 3-2 in the 44th minute, this time with Masumiya assisted on a Calzada goal from eight yards out.
The second half started with Carlos Lara receiving two yellow cards in the first six minutes, resulting in a red card and UNLV having to play shorthanded the rest of the way. Despite that, UNLV still came up with a tying goal, as Corey Ackley flicked in a shot over the goalkeeper's head in the 60th minute to make the score 3-3. Salvador Bernal assisted on the score.
The game remained tied for the next 22 minutes, until the 82nd minute when Bakersfield scored to go ahead for good. The game-winner came from David Velasquez, off an assist by Calzada on a long hard blast. That would account for the final 4-3 margin.
Bakersfield finished with an 18-15 edge on total shots, including 11-7 on shots on goal. UNLV meanwhile had four corner kicks to three for the Roadrunners. Ryan Harding finished the game with seven saves in goal, while Anthony Perez posted four for Bakersfield.