Season Ends In NCAA First Round Loss At UC Irvine|
Nov. 20, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV MEN'S SOCCER
UNLV fought hard all game long but could not solve the UC Irvine defense, while Anteater Iwasa Cameron scored two first-half goals to pace his team to a 3-0 win over the Rebels in the first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament Thursday night from Anteater Stadium. The Rebels, playing in their first NCAA tournament since 1988, were only outshot by one, 13-12, but were handed just their second road loss of the season to end the year at 14-5-3 overall.
UCI, who improved to 15-5-3 and will move onto the second round to face Stanford, went ahead seven minutes into the game when Cameron notched his first goal, off an assist from Mats Bjurman. The lead for the 21st-ranked Anteaters grew to 2-0 in the 36th minute with the two players again hooking up on the score. This time Iwasa took a lead pass from Bjurman and took on a charging UNLV goalkeeper Ryan Harding before sending in a scoring shot.
UNLV went into halftime down 2-0, while both teams attempted five shots in the opening 45 minutes. Shots were nearly even again in the second half, with the Anteaters taking eight to seven for the visiting Rebels. Harding was tested even more in the second half, having to come up with four saves, though UCI did cash in on one of its attempts. This last goal came in the 76th minute when Dennis Martinez scored from close range a corner kick from Gor Kirakosyan.
Four Rebels had one shot each on goal. That included starters Danny Musovski and Julian Portugal as well as Aaron Goo. The final shot on goal came from Salvador Bernal, who was making his first appearance on the field in six games after a knee injury, and would play 25 total minutes. Harding finished the night with five saves in his final game in the goal for the Rebels.