Aug. 23, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
The UNLV men's soccer begins the 2012 campaign this weekend with a pair of games in California, starting with a Friday, 5 pm contest at UC Davis, and followed by a Sunday, Aug. 26 match at No. 18 St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif. at 2 pm. Sunday's game with SMC will have a live video feed available through the www.smcgaels.com website.
All About The Rebels
UNLV brings back 100% of its goal scorers from a year ago. Key among the returnees is the high scoring forward duo of Nick Marshall and Salvador Bernal. Marshall comes into the year with 16 career goals and 37 points in his three years as a Rebel, while Bernal was the MPSF Newcomer of the Year after leading the team in scoring with 14 points as a freshman in 2011. Bernal was also a first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection, while Marshall was Honorable Mention, and senior midfielder Jonny Espinoza a second team selection.
Scouting UC Davis
The Aggies finished the 2011 season with a 7-8-4 mark, but did finish third in the Big West with a 5-4-2 record. UC Davis brings back nine starters as well from a year ago, led by forward Matt Wisenfarth with 13 points, and midfielder Alex Aguiar with nine. In goal for the Aggies will be returning starter Omar Zeenni, who posted a 1.08 GAA in 2011.
Friday's game marks only the second-ever between UC Davis and UNLV, with the first matchup a 2-1 win by the Rebels in Fresno, Calif., on Sept. 17, 1977.
Scouting St. Mary's
The Gaels are coming off a 2011 campaign in which they reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion North Carolina by a 2-0 score. However, seven starters from that squad are gone, while St. Mary's features a roster with 18 players who have never played in a Division 1 game before this season. Leading the squad are a pair of preseason all-conference selections, senior defender Trevor Newquist and senior midfielder Jose Cabezath.
UNLV holds an 8-1-1 lead in the all-time series between the schools. The last meeting came in 2008, when two goals in a 29-second span from Lamar Neagle in the final minutes of the game gave UNLV a 2-1 victory in San Francisco in the BMW/Nike Classic.
Next Time Out
The Rebels will play a third straight game in California, this time on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Cal State Fullerton, beginning at 1 pm.