Rebels Face Spartans In WAC First Round|
Nov. 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV enters this week’s WAC Men's Soccer Tournament with its highest seed in a conference tournament since 2003, as the Rebels are the third seed in this year’s event. They will face sixth-seeded San Jose State in the final game of the opening round on Thursday at 5 pm (PT) at the Cadet Soccer Stadium on the campus of Air Force, host of this year’s tournament.
All six games of this year's tournament will be live streamed on the internet through WACSports.tv, for a one-time price of $11.95. Live stats will also be available for all of UNLV's games in the tournament, on a link available at UNLVRebels.com.
All About The Rebels
The Rebels are looking to claim the rubber game between the two after splitting the first two contests, a 1-0 loss in San Jose on Oct. 13, and a 1-0 win in Las Vegas on Oct. 20. UNLV was missing several key starters for those games though, who should be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Three players have posted double-digits in points this year to pace the team, led by sophomore midfielder Rodrigo Fuentes, with 16 points off six goals and four assists. Senior forward Joaquin Rivas (five goals, three assists) and junior forward Salvador Bernal (four goals, five assists) are both tied with 13 points.
In goal is junior Ryan Harding, who is seeing action for the first time since 2011 after undergoing successful chemotherapy treatments, and he currently leads the league in GAA at 1.17, and is tied for most shutouts with four.
Scouting San Jose State
Leading the team is Rory Knibbs with 16 points off seven goals and two assists, while Franki Beauchamp is next with nine points (two goals, five assists). In goal for SJSU is Emman Espinosa, who comes in with a 1.45 GAA and two shutouts in 1120 minutes of action this season.