Sept. 13, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV men's soccer weekly release
The UNLV men's soccer team will have its toughest two-game stretch of the season this weekend when it hosts the UNLV Nike Invitational on Friday and Sunday at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels will be facing a pair of teams that are both ranked in their regional and receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 poll as well. First up will be UNLV against Syracuse on Friday at 7 pm, followed by a Sunday, 1 pm contest against Canisius. Cal State Fullerton will be the fourth team in the tournament. Both of UNLV's games will be streamed live on UNLVRebels.com, thanks to the student-run production team of UNLVTV. First-time viewers will need to sign up for a subscription first before viewing the broadcast.
All About The Rebels
UNLV played with a full roster for the first time this season last weekend, and was just a minute away from a 2-0 weekend, dropping a heartbreaker to UC Riverside 4-3 in double-overtime on Sept. 9. UCR moved into 25th in the NSCAA rankings after the game. The Rebels did top Cal State Northridge 3-1 to stand at 1-4-1 on the year. Senior Nick Marshall paces the team with two goals and six points, both of which rank him in the top two in the MPSF, while senior midfielder Robert Garcia is tied for first in the league with three assists.
The Orange are 5-1, and have won their last three games by a 15-0 margin. Ranked sixth in the Northeast region, Syracuse is led by Tony Asante's 12 points (five goals and two assists). This is the first-ever meeting between UNLV and Syracuse, and the first between UNLV and Big East member since playing Pittsburgh to a 1-1 tie to open the 2007 season.
The Golden Griffins bring a 4-0-2 mark into the weekend, and are second in this week's North Atlantic regional rankings. Galvin Falconer is the team's leading scorer in 2012, with four goals and three assists for 11 points.
Next Time Out
UNLV will play its fifth and sixth game of the season in California, with a Friday, Sept. 21 contest at San Diego State at 3 pm, and a Sunday, Sept. 23 game at Sacramento State, starting at 1 pm.