Oct. 17, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV-UNM Men's Soccer Game Notes
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* Rebels Wrap Up Roadtrip with MPSF Tussle at New Mexico
UNLV looks to right the ship this Saturday evening as they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for a MPSF match with the #22 Lobos of New Mexico. The stands at the UNM Soccer Complex will be jam packed, as the U.S. Womens National team's game with Mexico will precede the Rebels and Lobos. UNM has defeated UNLV six straight times, a streak that the Rebels hope to end this weekend. Due to the strange MPSF scheduling, the Rebels and Lobos will meet twice in a row, marking the third straight season this has occured.
* UNLV Falls Twice in California to Sacramento State and San Jose State
UNLV traveled to Northern California this past weekend, but came up empty as the Rebels fell to Sacramento State 1-0 in overtime Friday evening, before getting tripped up against San Jose State 3-0. Against the Hornets, the score remained knotted at zero until the first overtime period, when Eli Millian scored the golden goal in the 100th minute. Lamar Neagle and Ben Haugland each had five shots, while Calvin Bailey made one stop in net. On Sunday afternoon, the Rebels again outshot their opponents but it didn't matter as the Spartans found the net three times in a shutout victory. Freshman standout Daniel Cruz fired eight shots, but none could tickle the twine as SJSU's keeper Richard Mann stopped all incoming shots. Calvin Bailey made two saves in goal for the Rebels, who have lost three straight.
* Scouting the #22 New Mexico Lobos
New Mexico comes into today's game with a 8-3-1 record, after knocking off Sacramento State and San Jose State this past weekend. The Lobos are also ranked 22nd according to the NSCAA poll, released every Tuesday afternoon. UNM is also 6-0-1 over their last seven. The Lobos have a very stellar offense, which is led by Chris Wright. Wright, who leads the Lobos with seven goals on the year, is currently ranked 36th nationally in both goals and points per game. In a statistical oddity, all but one position player on the team has fired at least one shot this season. Also, the Lobos have many playmakers as five players have three assists. In goal, UNM has the conference's best keeper in Mike Graczyk. Graczyk was a first-team All-MPSF honoree a season ago, and was slated as a second-team Preseason All-American by CollegeSoccerNews.com this year. So far this year, he has allowed only nine goals, logging four shutouts and making 24 saves.
* Follow the Rebels With Gametracker All Season Long
Thanks to the marvel of the internet, fans that cannot make it to every match can still keep track of the Rebels with Gametracker at unlvrebels.com. For all home matches, a link will be created on the Rebels' homepage which will launch the Gametracker program for that day's contest. Make sure to log onto UNLVRebels.com for all the information on UNLV men's soccer.