Rebels Blow Past Houston Baptist For 3-1 Win In WAC Opener

Rebels Blow Past Houston Baptist For 3-1 Win In WAC Opener

Musovski became the all-time leading goal scorer in the WAC with his 38th career goal.


Sept. 28, 2017

LAS VEGAS ( – Down 1-0 at halftime, UNLV roared past Houston Baptist with three goals in the second half for a 3-1 victory in the WAC men’s soccer opener for both teams Thursday night from Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels improved to 4-6, 1-0 in league play with their third win in the past four games, while HBU dropped to 3-3 overall, 0-1 in the WAC.

THE TURNING POINT: After knocking on the door all night long, the Rebels finally cashed in on a scoring attempt in the 63rd minute when senior Danny Musovski scored off a beautiful header from eight yards out off a cross by Oscar Velazquez to tie the game at 1-1. Less than three minutes later the Rebels scored again, a hard shot by Timo Mehlich from just inside the top of the box for the eventual game-winner in the 65th minute.

REBEL OF THE GAME: Senior Oscar Velazquez, playing his second straight game starting up front, assisted on the first two goals of the night, as he also was involved in the game-winner by Mehlich, after driving down the right side of the field to draw in the defense before sending the ball back to the middle. With his two-assist performance, Velazquez has taken over the assist lead in the WAC with four on the season.

STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV outshot the Huskies 19-11 for the night, including 11-5 in the second half.

QUOTABLE: “I think we were trying to get a shutout in the second half, which we did, and we had to score. Once we got the first goal I think it kind of broke the ice for us. We were a little unlucky in the first half, missing a penalty kick and some other opportunities. We are very happy to start out the season with three points in the WAC. .”
– UNLV Head Coach Rich Ryerson

Danny Musovski became the WAC’s all-time leading scorer with his score against HBU, giving him 38 in his career. That also moved him into a tie for fifth all-time at UNLV, along with Roy Sparks (1974-76).
* UNLV has won its past three home games by a combined 11-2 margin.
* Mehlich’s score was his first of the season, and the third game-winner of his career.
* UNLV clinched the win thanks to Marquis Pitt’s first goal of the year, in the 79th minute, off an assist by Shota Takada.
Enrique Adame collected five saves in goal for the Rebels.

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The Rebels are off until next weekend with a pair of road league games. First up is a Friday, Oct. 6 contest at San Jose State at 1 pm, followed by a Sunday, Oct. 8 match at CSU Bakersfield with a 1 pm start. UNLV will be back home on Friday, Oct. 13 when it hosts UTRGV at 7 pm.

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