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Tough Weekend Awaits Rebels

Kyle Mellies is a starting defender for the Rebels.

Kyle Mellies is a starting defender for the Rebels.

Sept. 19, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -

This weekend the UNLV men's soccer team will face one of the toughest two-game stretches in recent history, as UNLV is going on the road to face a pair of teams with a combined 10-0-1 record. That includes a Friday contest at No. 3 Cal State Northridge (6-0), the highest ranked team that the Rebels have faced since playing No. 1 New Mexico on Nov. 6, 2011 (a 3-0 loss). Sunday’s opponent is also undefeated, as UC Riverside owns a 4-0-1 mark and is receiving votes in the top 25 polls.

That makes the two teams the fourth and fifth squads in the first seven games the Rebels face that are either currently ranked or receiving votes. In addition, UNLV’s three losses this season have come against teams with a combined 14-2 record. Live stats will be available for both games, off links provided on UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV at #3 Cal State Northridge (Friday, 5 pm)
Live video - None
Live stats - gomatadors.com

UNLV vs. Gonzaga (Sunday, 1 pm)
Live video - None
Live stats - gohighlanders.com

UNLV Weekly Soccer Release

All About The Rebels
The top returning player for the Rebels this year is junior Las Vegas native Salvador Bernal, the top returning scorer from any team in the conference, and an all-region pick in 2012. Sophomore midfielder Rodrigo Fuentes currently paces the WAC in points and assists, while senior forward Joaquin Rivas and junior midfielder Julian Portugal also rank in the top ten in the WAC for points.

Scouting #3 Cal State Northridge
The Matadors’ 6-0 start includes its most recent victory, a 3-2 road win at No. 9 Mexico on Sept. 15. That was the only game all year that CSUN gave up more then two goals, while the team has scored two or more goals in all six games.

Sagi Lev-Ari paces the team this season with seven goals and 15 points, while Brian Behrad isn’t far behind with 11 points (five goals). Seven players have scored this season thus far for the Matadors. In goal is Adam Hobbs, who holds a 0.89 GAA.

Scouting UC Riverside
The Highlanders are 4-0-1 on the year, winning their first four before claiming a 0-0 tie at San Diego on Sept. 13. UCR also went 2-0 in the UNLV Nike Invitational and finished in second place to the Rebels due to goal differential.

UCR is winning off defense, having posted shutouts in four of five games this year. The team only has eight goals in 2013, led by Romario Lomeli’s three (seven points). The goalkeeper for the Highlanders is KC John, with an 0.38 GAA.

Next Time Out
UNLV will close out its non-conference schedule by hosting Sacramento State in a rare Saturday night contest, starting at 7 pm on Sept. 28 at Peter Johann Field.

The Last Meeting
Cal State Northridge1
UNLV3
September 7, 2012
Las Vegas
Home Opening Success
UNLV forwards Salvador Bernal and Nick Marshall both finished with a goal and an assist to lift the Rebels past Cal State Northridge 3-1 in a early Friday afternoon contest in men's college soccer action from Peter Johann Memorial Field.

The Last Meeting
UC Riverside4  
UNLV32 OT
September 9, 2012
Las Vegas
Unlucky Bounce Halts Upset Bid
A very unlucky bounce of the ball was just enough to halt UNLV's upset bid on Sunday afternoon, as UC Riverside scored a tying goal in the 90th minute, and then a golden goal just over a minute into the second overtime for a 4-3 victory in men's college soccer action from Peter Johann Memorial Field.


 

 

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