Rebels Sting Hornets 1-0
Nov. 11, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Junior Ben Haugland scored his third goal of the season and his first game-winner as the Rebels held off the Hornets of Sacramento State 1-0 on Senior Day in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play Sunday from Peter Johann Memorial Field. With the victory, the Rebels upped their seasonal mark to 7-8-2, 3-5 MPSF, which is the most wins a Rebel men's soccer team will finish with since the 2002 campaign when the Rebs finished 12-8.
In a game that was very sloppy and ridden with mistakes, the Rebels took advantage of a Sacramento State miscue early in the game, which would prove the deciding factor. After a corner kick, the freshman Stephen Sifuentes corralled a failed clear barely outside of the box. Sifuentes fed Haugland, who fired a shot behind a mass of defenders and Rebel players that screened Hornet keeper Ryan Kenny. Kenny had no chance, as he just watched as the ball found the back of the net for the only score of the afternoon.
The Hornets pressed the tempo in the second half, and almost came away with an equalizer with about 10 minutes to play. After a free kick, a deflection caused the ball to find the foot of Fernando Cabandas, Sacramento State's leading goal scorer, just on the border of the goal box. Cabandas drilled a shot that was destined for the goal and a tie game, but junior Lamar Neagle tracked back from his midfield position to block the ball from going in.
Sacramento State also had a few more flurries around the net, but UNLV goalkeeper Roland Swanson was up to the challenge. Swanson, who was playing and starting in his first match of the 2007 season, played well making two saves for his first career shutout. Kenny finished with four saves for the Hornets, who fall to 4-12-2 and 3-5-1 in the MPSF.
UNLV controlled the ball for the majority of play throughout the game, as they topped the Hornets in shots, 14-7, and corner kicks, 6-2. The win marked the first time since 2004 the Rebels topped Sacramento State, a span of five games. The win also capped a 6-3-1 season at home this year, the best for a Rebel team since that 2002 season when they won eight home games.
The Rebels will now take their Colorado trip this upcoming weekend, as they take on Denver University at 3 p.m. on Friday, before finishing the 2007 season at Air Force next Sunday with a 1 p.m. match.