Oct. 11, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV Men's Soccer Notes for SSU, SJSU
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* Rebels Travel to California for Two MPSF Matches
The Rebels, coming off a 1-1 weekend, travel away from Las Vegas for the first time since Sept. 9, as they take on Sacramento State and San Jose State in two important MPSF matches. UNLV has played well as of late, winning three of its last four. Leading the way for UNLV is Lamar Neagle, the conference's second-leading scorer. Neagle has a total of six goals, and when combined with Daniel Cruz's four goals, they form the league's most dynamic duo.
* Rebels Split Opening Weekend of MPSF Play
The Rebels came out of their first weekend of play in the conference with an even mark in the conference after defeating Air Force 1-0 in double overtime, and falling to Denver 2-1. Against Air Force, neither team could muster a goal until three minutes into the second extra period, when UNLV leading scorer Lamar Neagle tingled the twine for the golden goal. Calvin Bailey went the distance in net, logging his third consecutive shutout, a feat that had not be accomplished in 19 years by a UNLV squad. In the next contest against Denver, UNLV was short-handed without the services of their star freshman Daniel Cruz due to yellow card accumulation. Without Cruz, Denver jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead and UNLV couldn't catch up falling 2-1. Mason Trafford scored his second career goal, and his first of the year. Bailey made three saves in net, allowing a goal for the first time in 301 minutes in net, a streak that spanned four games.
* Scouting the Sacramento State Hornets
The Hornets have had a rough go of it to start the season, but have at least one thing on the Rebels: four straight victories over UNLV dating back to 2004. SSU has been outscored 22-10 this season, after falling last weekend to San Jose State 2-1 in their MPSF opener. Up front, the Hornets are paced by Ernesto Carranza and his eight points. Fernando Cabadas and Brady Nunes each have scored twice on the season. In the backfield Eli Millian and Adam Owens, both All-MPSF performers a season ago, anchor the space in front of keeper Ryan Kenny. Kenny ranks second in the conference in saves, making 4.44 a game.
* Scouting the San Jose State Spartans
The San Jose State Spartans come into Sunday's matchup with the Rebels with one of the most potent offenses in the country. Currently, the Spartans are ranked 18th in scoring offense among D-1 squads. The interesting thing about SJSU is that not one of their players is listed among the top 100 in scoring, cementing their balence on the offensive side of the pitch. San Jose State currently has four players with four goals on the year. Ismael Ibarra leads the club with 10 points, scoring four times and dishing out two assists. Richard Mann, Jr. starts in net for the Spartans, as he has compiled 23 saves and 1.63 goals against average.