Oct. 14, 2009
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV weekly notes
The UNLV men's soccer team opens up its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play this week as it hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Friday at 7 pm, and conference newcomer Seattle University on Sunday afternoon in a 1 pm contest.
UNLV’s record of 6-2-2 is the best for the team since a similar record over the first 10 games of the 1988 season, and the current two-game win streak has moved the team back into the regional rankings, as the Rebels are currently 10th in the Far West regional rankings again this season. The Rebels had earned a spot in the regional rankings for the first time this season the week of Sept. 22, being tied for 10th.
This is the second time the Rebels have faced Cal State Bakersfield, as UNLV claimed the first meeting in 2007 by a score of 2-0. Sunday is the first meeting between Seattle and UNLV.
Scouting The Rebels...
The biggest impact this year has come from freshman forward Nick Marshall, who is currently tied for first in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and 19th in the nation with seven goals, while his 16 points also ranks him first in the league and 26th in the NCAA.
He’s not the only freshman that ranks high in the league, as freshman midfielder Zach Kupher is sixth in the league in points (10) as well as tied for fifth in goals (four). Fellow classmate Roberto Farfan is also tied for fourth in the MPSF with three assists. Junior midfielder Stephen Sifuentes also ranks in the top 10 in the conference as he owns fourth place in both points earned (12) and goals (five). His five goals also rank him 57th in the nation while his 12 points rank him 72nd.
Junior Roland Swanson has been strong in goal, as he is fifth in the conference with a 1.22 GAA as well as tied for first in the conference with four shutouts.
Scouting the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners...
Cal State Bakersfield comes into MPSF play with a 5-3-2 record and riding a three game unbeaten streak. The Roadrunners tied Cal Poly 0-0 on Oct. 10 in a double overtime match. Bakersfield is led offensively by senior Matt Shaxton who has two goals and two assists while three other Roadrunner players have each scored two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Shannon comes into this weekend’s games boasting a 1.16 GAA and has allowed 11 goals.
Scouting the Seattle Redhawks...
MPSF newcomer, the Seattle Redhawks, come into MPSF play with a 1-7-1 record. The Redhawks dropped a close match to Simon Frasier on Oct. 3 1-0 and travel to New Mexico Oct. 16 to face the Lobos before arriving in Las Vegas to take on the Rebels on Oct. 18. Seattle is led offensively by junior Sean Morris who has scored two goals and dished out an assist, while two other Redhawk players have added two points. Senior goalkeeper Emerson De Oliveira is holding a 2.07 GAA and has allowed 14 goals.