UNLV Hosts Rebel Tournament This Weekend
Sept. 18, 2003
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV men's soccer team looks to build on its current two-game win streak as the team hosts the Rebel Tournament this weekend at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The tournament begins on Friday with UNLV taking on Drake at 7:30 p.m. The first game of the day features San Diego State and Bowling Green, kicking off at 5 p.m.
UNLV (2-4), meeting Drake for the first time in school history, opened the season with four straight losses, but bounced back with one of the weekend's most outstanding performances. The Rebels, competiting in the Ameritas Classic in Omaha, Neb., opened the classic with a 2-0 upset over host Creighton on Sept. 12, and followed that with a 3-2 victory over SW Missouri State to capture first place in the classic. Senior midfielder Alex Hernandez scored three goals over the weekend to earn All-Tournament honors, and was also named both MPSF Co-Player of the Week and to Soccer America's Team of the Week. He currently leads the Rebels with five goals and 11 points.
Drake is the only undefeated team in the tournament at 4-0-1. The Bulldogs have only played once in the last two weeks, a 4-1 victory at home over Missouri-Kansas City on Sept. 14. Friday's game also marks just the second road game of the year for Drake, with the other a 2-0 victory at DePaul. Pacing the team is Jesse Baker with three goals and five assists for 11 points, while Matt Nickell and Bermir Bega each have two goals.
San Diego State is 3-1 on the year, and ranked ninth in this week's NSCAA/adidas Far West region poll. In their last game, the Azetecs trailed late to UC Riverside, but scored twice in the last 10 minutes to claim a 2-1 victory on Sept. 13. Heath Kreager leads the team with two goals, while four players each have one tally.
Bowling Green has only allowed two goals over four games this season, and brings a 2-1-1 mark into its game with San Diego State. This past weekend the Falcons fell at UCF 1-0 on Sept. 12, and posted a 3-1 victory at Stetson on Sept. 14. Omari Aldridge and Paul Dhaliwal both have two goals to lead the team, and David DeGraff is boasting a 0.47 goals against average.
The second day of games will be on Sunday, Sept. 21, as UNLV opens the day against Bowling Green at Noon, while Drake and San Diego State square off at 2 p.m.