The Rebels stand at 1-0 in the WAC after the first weekend.
Oct. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
Off to a 1-0 start in conference play for the first time since 2007, the UNLV men's soccer team is hoping to build on that as the Rebels go on the road for the first time in conference play this weekend, with a pair of games at Seattle (1-0) (Friday, 7 pm) and San Jose State (0-1) (Sunday, 2:30 pm).
UNLV has already made a statement to the rest of the league after a 2-0 win over preseason favorite Bakersfield, but now has to prove itself on the road, starting with a Seattle team that routed SJSU 4-0 last weekend. A win over the Redhawks would be the first 2-0 start for the Rebels in league play since 2002, when they started out 3-0 on the way to a 4-2 record in the MPSF. Both games will have live video, with the San Jose State game being shown on the Mountain West Network, and links for both will be available at UNLVRebels.com.
UNLV at Seattle (Friday, 1 pm)Live video
The Last Meeting
October 12, 2012
Rebels Soar Past Seattle 2-1
Sophomore forward and Las Vegas native Salvador Bernal posted a goal and an assist to rally UNLV past Seattle 2-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer action on Friday afternoon from Championship Field.
The Last Meeting
October 14, 2012
San Jose, Calif.
Down 2-0 midway through the second half, UNLV rallied with three scores, including the game-winner in the final three minutes for a 3-2 victory at first-place San Jose State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer action on Sunday from Spartan Stadium.
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UNLV at San Jose State (Sunday, 2:30 pm)
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All About The Rebels
While the Rebels come into the weekend with a 3-6 record, they have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, as its six losses have come against teams that are currently 40-14-7 overall. That includes two losses to a pair of top-25 squads, No. 4 Cal State Northridge and No. 8 UMBC.
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 is currently third in the WAC in points while senior forward Joaquin Rivas is tied for fifth, and Bernal is tied for second in assists with three. In goal is junior Ryan Harding, who is seeing action for the first time since 2011 after undergoing successful chemotherapy treatments, and he currently ranks second in the league with a 1.24 GAA.
The Redhawks, picked sixth in the preseason conference poll, were one of three teams to win their conference opener after a 4-0 win at San Jose State on Oct. 5. That was not only the first shutout of the year for Seattle, it also marked a season-high in goals. The team could not keep the momentum going though, falling to No. 3 Washington 2-0 on Tuesday night. Friday’s game will be just the fourth of the year for Seattle at home, with the lone win a 3-2 overtime contest with Florida Gulf Coast (Sept. 22).
Leading the team this year is Miguel Gonzalez with seven goals for 14 points. Michael Roberts is next on the team with three goals for six points. In goal for the Redhawks is Jake Fenner, who is holding a 1.71 GAA this season with 74 saves.
Scouting San Jose State
The Spartans are looking for their first win of 2013, and the main problem has been on offense. SJSU has scored just three goals this year in the first nine games, and have been held scoreless for the past four games, with the last goal coming in a 6-1 loss at Cal Poly on Sept. 15. It’s most recent game was a 4-0 loss at home to Seattle on Oct. 5.
Three players have scored one goal each for SJSU, Rory Knibbs, Ben Reiter and Sam Croucher. Though two goalies have split time in goal, Emman Espinosa started the last contest, and for the season owns a 1.65 GAA with 19 saves and one shutout.
Next Time Out
The Rebels will play the exact same teams again, but this time on Las Vegas, hosting Seattle on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 pm and San Jose State on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 pm. Both games will be at Peter Johann Field, and will be live streamed as well on the Mountain West Network (UNLVRebels.com).