Fuentes Earns Weekly Honors|
Sept. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV midfielder Rodrigo Fuentes picked up a pair of weekly honors on Monday, as he was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week, and also received his first-ever conference weekly honor as he was the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday. He is the first Rebel to earn weekly national team honors since Lamar Neagle on Oct. 13, 2008 from TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Fuentes, a sophomore and native of San Diego, Calif., posted a total of eight points over the weekend while leading the Rebels to a 2-0 record and the UNLV Nike Invitational title. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, and also was selected to the all-tournament team.
He began the weekend with a career-best five-point game in UNLV's 4-1 upset of previously undefeated Bradley, who was getting votes in all three national polls, on Sept. 6. Bradley came into the weekend not having allowed a score yet this season, but Fuentes helped break that streak when he assisted on UNLV's first score just 6:17 into the contest. Then with UNLV holding a 2-1 second half lead, he scored two goals in a four-minute span to put the game away. His first goal came when he drove into the left side of the box, outraced the defenders before sending a hard high shot through the goalie to the top right corner. In the 55th minute he put UNLV up 4-1, as after receiving a short pass from the right baseline, he held the ball and let the goalie lung out before calmly taping it into the goal for the score.
On Sunday against Georgia State, the Rebels had just fallen behind 2-1 when Fuentes took a free kick and send a shot curving around the wall to the right side of the goal for the score, his third of the season in the 35th minute. He assisted on the final score to again put the game away, as his corner kick in the 86th minute was headed in by Kyle Mellies for a 4-2 lead.
Though four games, Fuentes has nine points off three goals and three assists, which leads the WAC and is tied for fourth in the nation. As a team, UNLV has 10 goals though four goals, which ties for the eighth-best total in the nation.
UNLV (2-2) returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 15, when it hosts Gonzaga at 1 pm at Peter Johann Field. That game will be webcast live by the Mountain West Network on UNLVRebels.com.