Rebels Announce 2010 Slate
July 20, 2010
LAS VEGAS -
2010 UNLV Men's Soccer Schedule
"We've very excited about this year's schedule, especially hosting UC Irvine and the road games at California and Stanford, all traditionally strong soccer powers," said Ryerson. "The highlight for me, though, has to be our home game against Mount St. Mary's, coached by my brother Rob. It's a game we are all looking forward to.
"It's going to be a challenging schedule for us this year, but I love that we will be in the position of the underdog," continued Ryerson. "Our main goal this year for the program will be to exceed every expectation, both on and off the field.
The 2010 campaign starts off with a pair of home games in the UNLV Nike Invitational, with the Rebels opening up against Valparaiso on Sept. 4 and following that up with a Sept. 6 contest against Alabama A&M. Then it will be time to hit the road for UNLV, with back-to-back tournaments away from Las Vegas. The first one is the Cal Legacy Classic, in which UNLV will play Stanford, who reached the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, on Sept. 10. That contest will be the first home game for the Cardinal at their newly renovated Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. UNLV will also travel to Berkeley to face California on Sept. 12 to conclude the Classic.
The next weekend will see the Rebels again open up play against a 2009 postseason squad, this time at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sept. 17 in the first game of the Green Bay Soccer Classic. UNLV will finish the weekend by taking on Robert Morris (Sept. 19).
The non-conference portion of the schedule comes to an end on the weekend of Sept. 24-26 with the UNLV Rebel Classic. In the first game, UNLV will face head coach Rob Ryerson and his Mount St. Mary's squad. Rob is the oldest of the four Ryerson brothers that played their college soccer career at UNLV, and he is one of three just Rebel soccer players in the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame. The classic will conclude for UNLV against UC Irvine, an NCAA squad in 2009, on Sept. 26.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule will begin for the Rebels in Albuquerque on Oct. 1 with UNLV taking on New Mexico, one of two league teams to reach the NCAA tournament last year. The home MPSF opener will be on Oct. 8 against Air Force, one of five home league games for the Rebels. UNLV's date with the defending MPSF champions, Sacramento State, comes on Oct. 31 in Sacramento, while the Hornets are also hosting this year's conference tournament, to be held on Nov. 11-14.
The Rebels return four of their top five scorers from last year's squad, which finished with an 8-7-4 record and reached the MPSF semifinals.