UNLV Falls To Denver|
Nov. 16, 2007
DENVER - The Rebels men's soccer team fought off one of the best offenses in the country for most of the match Friday, but Colin Jones finally netted the game-winner for the University of Denver in the 82nd minute as UNLV fell to the Pioneers 1-0 in MPSF action from Pioneer Field.
The Rebels struggled on offense with freshman standout Daniel Cruz out with a leg injury, as they only attempted three shots, two on net. UNLV leading scorer Lamar Neagle was held without a shot for the first time this season, while not scoring in only his second game of his last five.
In the first half Denver (10-4-3, 7-1-2 MPSF) dominated the stat totals, out-shooting the Rebels 11-1, while attempting four corner kicks to UNLV's one. Freshman goalkeeper Roland Swanson was stellar in net though, stopping five Pioneer shots to keep the game scoreless.
After intermission, Denver continued to pressure the Rebel defense as they fired 12 shots in the second half, holding UNLV to just two. The game-winner came with almost eight minutes to play, when Luke Jackson fed a ball through traffic to Jones where he connected from 10 yards out, beating Swanson to the near post.
The Rebels (7-9-2, 3-6) were led by Swanson, who finished with eight stops in net in only his second career start. Nicholas Paterson was the only UNLV player with more than one shot, as he had two on net. DU goalkeeper Matt Bredehoft gets credit for his fifth shutout of the season, as he made two saves in goal.
The Rebels have now lost their last seven games in the Rocky Mountain State, not winning since Nov. 2, 2003 when they knocked off Air Force 1-0 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
UNLV will travel to the United States Air Force Academy on Sunday at 1 PM to take on the Falcons in the final game of the 2007 season for both teams.