Rebels Ready For Lobo Challenge
Drew Gleason and the Rebels look for a win at New Mexico on Saturday.
Drew Gleason and the Rebels look for a win at New Mexico on Saturday.

Nov. 4, 2009


UNLV weekly soccer notes

The UNLV men's soccer team looks to build on its current two-game unbeaten streak when the team plays its regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 7 at New Mexico in a 6 pm (PST) contest. The Rebels are coming off an impressive 1-0-1 performance against the conference co-leaders, with a 1-0 win on the road at San Jose State and a 1-1 tie with Sacramento State. UNLV earned four points from the two games, putting them in position to possibly earn the fourth seed in next week’s conference tournament if the Rebels can knock off New Mexico on Saturday in Albuquerque.

It will not be an easy task for UNLV though, as the last time the Rebels won at New Mexico was in the 2003 season, a 2-0 victory. The Lobos have also been strong at home this year, at 5-2 overall and a perfect 2-0 in league play. New Mexico is also playing for a good seed in the tournament, as it has the chance to earn a first round bye with a win or tie against UNLV.
Scouting The Rebels...
The biggest impact this year has come from freshman forward Nick Marshall, who is currently tied for second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation as well as tied 65th in the nation with seven goals, while his 17 points also ranks him second in the league and 70th in the NCAA.

He’s not the only freshman that ranks high in the league, as freshman midfielder Zach Kupfer is tied for eighth in the league in points (12) as well as tied for sixth in goals (five). Fellow classmate Roberto Farfan is also tied for sixth in the MPSF with four assists.

Junior midfielder Stephen Sifuentes also ranks in the top 10 in the conference as he is tied for third in points earned (16) and tied for second with Marshall for goals (seven). His seven goals also rank him 43rd in the nation while his 12 points rank him 69th.



Junior Roland Swanson currently has a 1.35 GAA and is tied for second in the conference with five shutouts.

Scouting the New Mexico Lobos...
New Mexico brings a 10-6 record into Saturday’s regular season finale, and is tied for second in the MPSF at 4-2 after splitting a pair of 1-0 contests last weekend, taking down San Jose State but losing to Sacramento State, both on the road.

Pacing the Lobos this season is Justin Davis with five goals and six assists for 16 points, which ties him for third in the league. Stephen Brown is next on the team with four goals and two assists for 10 points. In goal for New Mexico is Justin Fite, who is posting a 1.06 GAA with 47 saves and three shutouts.

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