Rematch Weekend
Mike Mota and the Rebels return to action Friday at Air Force.
Mike Mota and the Rebels return to action Friday at Air Force.

Oct. 14, 2010


UNLV weekly men's soccer notes

A new conference season and new divisions brings a new type of schedule for the UNLV men's soccer team (4-6-1, 1-1-1 MPSF), which leads into the situation that Rebels finds themselves in this weekend, playing a pair of teams on the road that it just played seven days prior in Las Vegas. Friday will see UNLV play at Air Force in a 6 pm (PT) contest in Colorado Springs, while Sunday will have UNLV at Denver at 12:30 pm (PT).

UNLV sits in second in the Mountain Division thanks to a 1-0-1 mark against those two teams, combined with Air Force’s upset of New Mexico. The Rebels scored a shorthanded goal to beat Air Force on Oct. 8, and followed that with a scoreless tie with Denver on Oct. 10. However, UNLV is just one point ahead of both New Mexico and Air Force, and will be looking to steal a road win to keep themselves in the top half.


Players To Watch

The Rebels are paced by their two starting forwards, senior Stephen Sifuentes and sophomore Nick Marshall. Sifuentes is third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 11 points off four goals and three assists, while Marshall is tied for fifth with three goals and two assists. Thanks to a four-point performance against Mount St. Mary’s, Las Vegas native and junior forward Richard Abrego has moved up to a tie for ninth in the league with six points (two goals, two assists).

UNLV is playing two goalies this year. Junior Simon Cook has played the majority of the season, and has a 1.27 GAA with 29 saves. Freshman Ryan Harding meanwhile has appeared in three games, and has a 2.50 GAA with 10 saves.



Scouting Air Force

The Falcons are 3-8 on the season, and 1-2 in the MPSF after upsetting New Mexico in Albuquerque 3-2 on Sunday. Air Force is 2-3 at home this season, with the wins coming over Cal Poly and Oral Roberts.

Leading the team this year is Zane Dydasco and Kyle Moses, both tied for the team lead with six points off two goals and two assists. In goal is Matt Underwood, who is posting a 2.04 GAA and has made 42 saves in 837:22 minutes of action.

Scouting Denver

The Pioneers are tied for first in the MPSF and lead the Mountain Division with seven points off a 2-0-1 mark. The one tie was against the Rebels this past Sunday. This weekend’s games will also be the first home games for the Pioneers since Sept. 19.

Pacing the squad is the MPSF’s leading scorer, as Jarod Stigall has five goals and four assists for 14 points. Alex Tarnoczi follows with eight points off two goals and four assists. Joe Willis has taken over in goal in league play for Denver, and has a 0.31 GAA with 15 saves in 290 minutes of action.

Next Time Out

UNLV will host Pacific Division opponents Cal State Bakersfield and Seattle next week. CSUB comes in for a contest on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm, and that will be followed by a Sunday, Oct. 24 game against Seattle at 1 pm, both games at Peter Johann Field.

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