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Rebels With A Midwest Opener




Aug. 28, 2014

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -

The Last Meeting
Bradley (Nike Invite)1
UNLV4
September 6, 2013
Las Vegas
Rebels Run Over Bradley 4-1
Facing a Bradley team that was undefeated, unscored upon and receiving votes in all three polls, UNLV rose to the challenge and exploded for four goals in a 4-1 victory in men's college soccer action on Friday night at Peter Johann Field.

The UNLV men's soccer team begins its 2014 campaign this weekend, as it travels to Peoria, Ill., for the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, hosted by Bradley. Friday will see the Rebels face Western Illinois in a neutral contest at 2:30 pm, followed by a Sunday, 12:30 pm game against the host Braves. Bradley will be looking for revenge after UNLV claimed a 4-1 win in Las Vegas a year ago, while its the first meeting between the Rebels and the Leathernecks.
    
Both of the Rebel games this weekend will have live stats and live video available through the Bradley website at BradleyBraves.com. There is a $4.95 charge per day for the live video access.

Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic (Peoria, Ill.)
UNLV vs. Western Illinois (Friday, 2:30 pm)
Live Video - bradleybraves.com
Live Stats - bradleybraves.com

UNLV at Bradley (Sunday, 12:30 pm)
Live Video - bradleybraves.com
Live Stats - bradleybraves.com

UNLV Weekly Release

All About The Rebels
    The Rebels enter the 2014 season with high hopes, as they bring in their highest preseason conference ranking ever (second in the WAC), and for the first time since 1991 have four returning all-conference players on the squad. The returning All-WAC players for UNLV include two of the top three scorers from 2013, junior midfielder Rodrigo Fuentes (16 points) and senior forward Salvador Bernal (14 points), while senior defender Kyle Mellies and senior goalkeeper Ryan Harding (WAC-leading 1.22 GAA) round out the four.
    This weekend will be the first-ever trip to the state of Illinois for UNLV. The Rebels are looking for their first season-opening win away from Las Vegas since a 2-1 overtime win at Cal Poly to being the 2009 campaign.

Scouting Western Illinois
    Following a 6-13 mark in 2013, the Leathernecks have been picked to place third in the Summit League this season, behind Denver and Omaha. The team's top returnee is Charlie Bales, a 2012 second team all-region selection that missed last season with an injury, while the Leathernecks return five of their top seven goal scorers as well.

Scouting Bradley
    The Braves were picked to finish third in the preseason Missouri Valley Conference poll, as they return 13 letterwinners from last year's squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Leading the way is Christian Okeke, the 2013 MVC Freshman of the Year who posted 16 points and six goals, leaving him as the top returning scorer for the team.

Next Time Out
    The Rebels will host their first tournament of the season, the Johann Memorial Classic, on Friday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at Peter Johann Memorial Field. UNLV will face IPFW in the first game at 7 pm, followed by a 1 pm contest against Howard.

 

 

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