Aug. 11, 2004
LAS VEGAS -
2004 UNLV Men's Soccer Schedule
The UNLV men's soccer team faces a grueling 2004 as the Rebels will challenge six NCAA tournament teams, five appearing in their first seven competitions in the schedule released Tuesday.
"Having lost our leading scorer from last year to graduation, this team will have to come together quickly, especially on defense, which we're going to work on hard from day one" said UNLV head coach Barry Barto. "The first seven games, with the competition we will face, will show us who we are and what kind of team we will be."
The Rebels head to the UC Irvine College Classic to begin the season against NCAA tournament qualifier San Diego on Sept. 4, followed by Navy on Sept. 6.
With the first wave of tournament action out of the way, the team returns to Las Vegas where the Rebels will host the UNLV FILA Invitational. UNLV opens with Washington, who advanced to the 2003 NCAA Sweet 16, on Friday, Sept. 10 beginning at 7 pm, and closes Sunday, Sept. 6 with NCAA quarterfinalist, UCLA, at Noon.
The Rebels face a new type of scheduling this season, as they will play each Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team twice, in both home and away competition, due to the elimination of the post-season conference tournament. "With the conference switching to home and away games instead of the tournament, that makes every game even more important, and hopefully we will have things in place by the time the MPSF season starts," said Barto.
UNLV kicks off conference play in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 22 against San Diego State. The Rebels then move out of conference play for a two-game California road swing, as they will play 2003 NCAA qualifier Cal State Northridge Sept. 24, followed by Sweet 16 qualifier UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 26. UNLV will also face San Jose State, who added its 14th NCAA tournament appearance in 2003, twice in conference play.