Rebels Upset No. 23 Utah Valley, Reach WAC Title Game|
Nov. 11, 2016
OREM, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
UNLV will play in the WAC Men's Soccer championship game for the second time in three years after upsetting 23rd-ranked Utah Valley 1-0 on the Wolverines' home field Friday night in the tournament semifinals. With the win, the Rebels became the first team to hand the top-seeded UVU squad a loss at home this year, while also recording their first win over a ranked team since a 1-0 victory over No. 14 UMBC on Sept. 12, 2014 in Las Vegas.
UNLV has now won three straight to improve to 9-11-1 overall, while the Wolverines dropped to 15-4-1. The Rebels will now be looking for their second win of the season over third-seeded Air Force, after a 3-2 win over the Falcons in Las Vegas on Oct. 21, as they upset second-seed Seattle 3-1 earlier Friday. The two teams will meet in the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 12 pm (PT), with the winner receiving the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It will be shown live on the WAC Digital Network, which can be reached off of UNLVRebels.com.
"It was a very tough match," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. "UVU is a great team. I think our guys just held on for dear life tonight, we cleared the ball out a lot, Enrique (Adame) played great in goal, we got a goal early in the second half and were able to hold on."
The game-winner came from junior Spencer Jackson, on his first score of the year. Danny Musovski attempted to set up a give-and-go with Jackson, passing off to him on the right before getting a pass back while on the run into the box. Musovski attempted to back pass the ball to himself but lost his footing and fell down. However, Jackson stepped into the ball and launched a shot to the left side of the goal from 13 yards. That score, just 63 seconds after halftime, would stand as the lone goal of the game, lifting the Rebels to the victory.
Coming up just as big in the win as Jackson was goalkeeper Adame. He earned his third shutout of the season thanks to stellar play in the box, not only stopping four shots but also grabbing several balls out of the air as well and several UVU crosses into the box.
UVU held an overall 14-10 edge on shots, though UNLV had six shots on goal to just four for the Wolverines. Both teams finished with three corner kicks each.