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MPSF Slate Gets Underway

Oct. 3, 2007


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The Rebels finish their longest homestand since 1996, as they open their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) schedule this weekend with games against Air Force and Denver. UNLV and USAFA will battle Friday at 7:30 PM, before coming back to finish the weekend against Denver on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM. Last season, UNLV knocked off Denver 2-0 in the season's final weekend for UNLV's lone 2006 win, while handing the Pioneers their first conference loss at that point.

* Rebels Blank Roadrunners of CS Bakersfield
For the second straight weekend, the Rebels (4-3-2) got their offense from Daniel Cruz and Lamar Neagle, as they cruised to a 2-0 victory Friday evening over Cal State Bakersfield. The win marks the first time since 2005 that the Rebels have won back-to-back matches, and signifies their best record through nine games since 2002 when UNLV started out 6-3. The first half was all UNLV, as the Rebels got both of their scores in the opening stanza. In the 17th minute, Cruz took a nice feed from Ben Haugland and then fired a ball through two defenders from the top of the goal box for the score. In the 38th minute of play, UNLV was awarded a free kick on the right sideline from about 40 yards away. John Crawley calmly stepped forward and connected on a perfect service that found Neagle's head and the back of the net for the strike. That was all UNLV would need, as Calvin Bailey logged all 90 minutes, making two saves for the win and his second shutout in as many outings. UNLV out shot CSUB 14-9, with both teams being awarded three corner kicks on the evening. Play did get a bit chippy in the second half, as a small skirmish broke out with two players receiving red cards and an automatic ejection. A total of eight cards were handed out, by far a season high for both teams. With the goal, Neagle continues to lead the Rebels on the score sheet with five tallies, though closely followed by Cruz with four. Haugland's assist was his first on the campaign, while Crawley's helper on the second score was his second assist of the season.

* Lamar Neagle Named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week
UNLV's Lamar Neagle picked up his second national weekly honor of his career on Sept. 24, as he was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week for the week ending Sept. 23. Neagle earned the honor after being involved in all three of UNLV's goals over the Sept. 21-22 weekend, as the Rebels earned a win and a tie in the UNLV Rebel Classic.

* Scouting the Air Force Falcons
The Air Force Academy comes to Las Vegas off a 1-1 tie to Alabama A&M in their final non-conference match before MPSF play. The Falcons tend to like to play a slower, low-tempo game accented by their excellent defending. So far this season, the Falcons have not played a game that has had more than three goals total, and all eight of the USAFA games combined have had only 14 goals scored in them. Goalkeeper Bryan Guyette highlights the Falcons, having the conference's best save percentage at 0.837, also ranking him 35th nationally. Offensively, Kyle Schafer and Ian Hauck pace AF with two goals apiece.

* Scouting the Denver Pioneers
On paper, the Pioneers might be the toughest test the Rebels see all season. Denver possesses an outstanding offense, a contrast to what UNLV has been seeing as of late. The Pioneers currently hold the NCAA's eighth-best scoring offense, averaging 2.29 goals per game. Denver is not all offense though, as they are 46th nationally in goals against average, allowing 0.86 per outing. Up front, DU is led by Joe Mathot, Kellan Christiansen and Collin Audley. Mathot, a MPSF player of the week already this season, and Christiansen both each have four goals and two assists good for 43rd in the nation. Audley is 14th in the country with four assists so far this year.



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