Rebels And Lobos Set For Friday Night
Oct. 12, 2006
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV Finishes Three Game Homestand against #14 New Mexico: The young Rebel men's soccer team finishes a three game home stand Friday, as they welcome to town the 14th ranked Lobos of New Mexico. UNM has taken the four matches between these two teams, sweeping both season series in 2004 and 2005.
UNLV Players to watch: UNLV's offensive attack has been centered around two solid sophomores, Nicholas Peterson and Lamar Neagle. Neagle, from Federal Way, Wash., has played well this season leading the squad in goals (3), and tying for second on the squad with two assists. Peterson, from across the pond in Mothewell, Scotland, leads the Rebels with nine points, while his five assists are tops in the MPSF. The Rebels are a young team, as evident by the four true freshman that have started at least one game. Freshman Calvin Bailey is playing well in net after getting the starting nod about a month ago. Bailey made outstanding saves in a 1-1 tie against St. Mary's, twice stoning point blank shots that could have gave the Gaels the lead. Other freshman to look for are Marcos Balladares, who had his best game as a collegiate against Cal State Fullerton, scoring once and assisting on another. David Bryan has started and played in every game this season, while Ben Haugland has assisted on two goals, scoring once against San Jose State.
Scouting the Lobos: New Mexico comes to town flying high thanks to a three game winning streak, all over MPSF opponents. Most recently, the Lobos defeated a pesky Sacramento State team 1-0 in overtime. Joey Vitagliano scored eight minutes into extra time, thanks to a cross from Stephen Brown. UNM is led offensively by 6-4 sophomore Chris Wright. Wright has scored four goals this year, two of the game-winning variety, to go with two assists for ten points. Brandon Barklage, Vitagliano and David Gualdarama each have scored twice, with Barklage leading the squad with three helpers. Keeper Mike Graczyk has played every minute in net, making 40 saves, allowing only eight scored while actually assisting on two scores. His 0.59 GAA is currently tops among goalies in the conference. Reigning MPSF Player of the Week Andrew Boyens anchors the stout back line of the Lobo defense. UNM is currently 3-1 in the conference, also posting a 1-2-1 record on the road this season.o goals, scoring once against San Jose State.
Once again this season, live stats for all home UNLV games will be available on GameTracker on the UNLV athletics website, which can be accessed at www.unlvrebels.com.