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Season-Opening Shutout Win For The Rebels

UNLV takes down the FAU Owls 3-0

 

OREM, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV men’s soccer overcame a slow start in the first half with a three-goal explosion over a five-minute span after halftime for a 3-0 shutout victory over Florida Atlantic in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon at Clyde Field on the Utah Valley campus.

 
UNLV did not have much going on offensively in the first half, as the Owls were the ones threatening to score over the first 20 minutes while taking four of the first five shots of the game. The Rebels stayed strong on defense however, and started to push the attack with several shots on goal to end the half. 
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV drew a penalty kick in the 50th minute after Timo Mehlich was pulled down in the box, the junior midfielder sent his attempt up the middle for the goal and a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later the lead doubled on Bay Kurtz’s score on the empty net after the Owl goalkeeper came out to challenge the play in the 54th minute. UNLV added a third goal just 65 seconds later in the 55th minute for a commanding 3-0 lead.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Senior forward Daniel Moran assisted on the game’s second goal, and finished off an assist from Marco Gonzalez when he tapped in the shot in front of the goal to give him three points for the afternoon.
STAT OF THE GAME: Only one of FAU’s 11 credited shots in the game were on goal, while nine of UNLV’s 12 shots were on frame.
QUOTABLE:
“I thought we started a little apprehensive, the guys were tentative with their first game and that kept us from playing with a good rhythm  and possession. We regrouped well at halftime, we were able to make a lot of changes and keep guys fresh and that led to a great five-minute spell there to get the three goals. Good start to the season.”
– UNLV Head Coach Rich Ryerson
REBEL NOTES: 
* UNLV goalkeeper Enrique Adame only needed one save to pick up the seventh shutout in his career.
* Bay Kurtz scored his first career goal as a Rebel after transferring to UNLV this summer from Virginia
* Daniel Moran has scored goals in the past two season-openers for UNLV after his golden goal a year ago in a 3-2 double-overtime win at Portland.
* This is the second straight year UNLV has won its season-opener, and both were away from Las Vegas.

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV remains in Orem for its second game of the weekend, a Sunday morning, 9:30 am contest against Evansville. The game will have a live video feed on the WAC Digital Network, available both on UNLVRebels.com and on the WAC’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Droid TV channels.

Rebels Go Unbeaten On Opening Weekend

UNLV scores late goal to down Sacramento State 2-1 Sunday at home

 

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – On a hotter than normal late-August afternoon, UNLV women’s soccer completed a perfect 2-0 opening weekend at Peter Johann Memorial Field, beating Sacramento State 2-1 in the finale of the UNLV Invitational Sunday. The victory didn’t come easy, however, as the Hornets never quit and tied it at one late in the game before UNLV ultimately pulled it out.

For the second straight year, the Rebels began the season with an unbeaten mark at their home-hosted tournament and will look to go 4-0 to start the season for the third consecutive year as they head out on the road next weekend, taking on Southern Utah Thursday at 3 p.m. PT and Utah Valley Saturday at 6 p.m.

THE TURNING POINT: UNLV took an early lead in the 13th minute thanks to a towering Emberly Sevilla kick finding forward Amanda Galbraith, who took a couple touches and finished in the back of the net for her first goal of the season. It was looking like that would hold up for the victory, but the Hornets never gave up despite the heat and relentless UNLV pressure, tying the game at one with just under 20 minutes to play. The Rebels didn’t let that phase them, as they responded just over a minute later with the game-winning goal. Sophomore midfielder Hannah Harrison dished it to forward Caitlyn Kreutz, who took a turn and slotted it into the back left corner.

REBEL OF THE GAME: Kreutz’s speed put pressure on the Hornet defense all afternoon and her attack finally paid off with the game-winner. It was the senior’s second game-winner of the weekend as her second-half score Friday night gave the Rebels the lead for good in the eventual 5-1 victory over UIC.

STAT OF THE GAME: The Rebels registered more than 20 shots for the second straight game, out-shooting the Hornets 22-7. That included three rocket shots nailing the crossbar – just a few inches here or there and the margin of victory could have been bigger.

QUOTABLE: Head coach Chris Shaw 
On the team’s performance Sunday:
“I’m happy with the result, Sacramento State is a tough team, they compete for everything. They made things really tough for Santa Barbara on Friday and they just never give up. That said, I thought we played well. We did a much better job of controlling possession and even though we didn’t score as many, I felt like we created just as many opportunities as we did on Friday. Overall, a better performance, I think getting the first game out of the way allowed us to settle down, so I was very pleased with the performance today.”

Overall thoughts about opening weekend and heading out onto the road for the first time:
“We always take a lot of pride in trying to win at home and it’s always nice playing in front of the hometown crowd. Going on the road, we will see what the team’s made of because we’ve got to play half our games on the road so you can’t just win at home and expect to be competitive. We’re excited about going on the road and hopefully we can replicate some of what we saw today.”

REBEL NOTES: 
* UNLV is celebrating its 20th season in program history, with the official recognition taking place on Friday, Oct. 5 as the Rebels host Fresno State
* UNLV started 2-0 for the third consecutive year
* UNLV is now 2-0 at home after going 9-1 on their home field in 2017
* Four different player have recorded goals all ready, with Kaila BrinkmanRobin Pollard and Caitlyn Kreutz each netting two on opening weekend.
* UC Santa Barbara was named the official winners of the UNLV Invitational after going 2-0 and scoring nine goals on the weekend, edging out the Rebels who went 2-0 with seven goals
* Tournament honors:
Overall tournament MVP: Jessica Clegg, UCSB
Offensive MVP: Caitlyn Kreutz, UNLV
Defensive MVP: Sophia Dertorossian, UCSB
GK of the Tourney: Emberly Sevilla, UNLV
All Tournament Team:
– Sac. State: Mikayla Reed, Mia Wilson
– UCSB: Jessica Clegg, Sophia Dertorossian, Mal Hromatko, Shea Murison
– UIC – Megan Bowman
– UNLV: Caitlyn KreutzEmberly SevillaTroi HollimonKaila Brinkman

Rebels Score Five Unanswered In Season-Opening Victory

UNLV wins first game of the season for the eighth straight time

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer started slow, but finished fast in its season opener at the UNLV Invitational Friday night at Peter Johann Memorial Field, beating UIC 5-1 thanks to a barrage of second half goals. The Rebels fell behind early after allowing a goal in the first 10 minutes, but the defense and freshman keeper Emberly Sevilla – making her first collegiate start – settled in and kept the Flames out of the net over the next 80 plus minutes, while the offense exploded for five unanswered to bury UIC.

The victory marks the eight straight year UNLV (1-0) has won its season-opening match, keeping head coach Chris Shaw‘s opening-game record perfect at 5-0. Three different players found the back of the net on the night – seniors Caitlyn Kreutz and Kaila Brinkman and sophomore Robin Pollard – with Pollard and Brinkman each netting two.

THE TURNING POINT: The Rebels didn’t panic when they gave up the early score. After Pollard cleaned up a deflection of an Amanda Galbraith shot to tie it at one in the 32nd minute, Caitlyn Kreutz gave the Rebels the lead for good in the 61st minute, scoring on a second effort after her first shot was blocked by the UIC keeper. UNLV was off and running after that, with Pollard scoring her second of the night in the 73rd minute, followed by a pair of goals by Brinkman just over a minute apart over the final seven minutes.

REBEL OF THE GAME: Hard to not give it to both Pollard and Brinkman, but the slight edge goes to Pollard, who came off the bench to give UNLV a much-needed spark after the team came out flat early in the first half. In addition to the two goals, Pollard assisted on Brinkman’s first score in the 84th minute – this coming after Pollard recorded just one goal all year as a freshman in 2017.

STAT OF THE GAME: Friday’s five goals were the most scored by UNLV in a season-opening match in program history.

QUOTABLE: Head Coach Chris Shaw 
On the team rebounding from a slow start: 
“To be honest, we were a little disappointed with our first half, we felt like we got off to a slow start, but some of that is we don’t play any exhibitions so it really was the first opportunity to play against opposition. That said – I felt like the second half was good, a lot of players came off the bench and came out with a lot of energy. We’ve got some kids that have definitely started to come into their own.”

On Pollard’s performance:
“Robin is someone I’ve coached and known since she was a freshman in high school. She’s always had a great capacity for work, so she’s going to run, she’s going to chase and do anything she can to try to put the ball in the back of the net. The difference for her between last year and this year is her comfort level with the ball, her decision making and just being more tactically aware and that showed tonight.”

REBEL NOTES: 
* UNLV is celebrating its 20th season in program history, with the official recognition taking place on Friday, Oct. 5 as the Rebels host Fresno State
* Dating back to the final game of 2017, the Rebels have scored five goals in two straight contests
* The Rebels dominated on the stat sheet out-shooting the Flames 22-8
* UNLV played 21 different players in the opener
* Sevilla became just the second true freshman in program history to start a season-opener, with the person she replaced – Jordan Sallee – being the only other keeper to share the honor

Rebels Picked To Finish Second In The WAC

Three Rebels named Preseason All-WAC

8/15/2018

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – For the third time in the past five years, UNLV men’s soccer has been picked to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference as the league office announced the 2018 WAC Preseason Coaches Poll Wednesday morning. In addition, three Rebels were named to the Preseason All-WAC squad, the second-highest number in the conference behind preseason favorite Seattle’s four representatives. This marks the first time since 2015 that UNLV placed three on the team.

Making a repeat appearance on the preseason team is junior midfielder Timo Mehlich, (Mönchengladbach, Germany). He claimed first-time All-WAC honors and second-team all-region recognition in 2017 after posting 16 points off five goals and six assists. Sophomore forward Marco Gonzalez (Las Vegas) was the Rebels’ second-leading scorer as a freshman, notching six goals and six assists for 18 points, and joined Mehlich in posting three game-winning goals for the year. Senior defender Adam Musovski is the third Rebel on the preseason team, coming off an outstanding season on the backline that earned him First Team All-WAC honors. This marks the fourth straight year a Musovski has been named to the Preseason All-WAC squad, as his brother Danny was a member of three straight teams from  2015-17.

The Rebels return seven of 11 starters from last year’s squad that posted an 11-9-1 mark while tying for second in the conference standings with 18 points (6-3 WAC record).

They received 105 total points in the poll to place second, narrowly ahead of third place Air Force (104 points). Seattle received nine first-place votes to place first in the preseason poll with 119, while Air Force has the remaining three first place votes. Grouped close together was fourth place San Jose State (84), fifth place Utah Valley (79) and Grand Canyon in sixth (75). Rounding out the poll, CSU Bakersfield was seventh (55), UTRGV eighth (49), UMKC ninth (38), new league member Cal Baptist was 10th (30), Houston Baptist 11th (28), and Incarnate Word finished the poll in 12th with 26 points.

UNLV opens the season on the road for the sixth straight year, beginning with a Friday, Aug. 24 contest against Florida Atlantic (3 pm) on the Utah Valley campus, the first of four straight games for the Rebels away from Las Vegas. The home opener will be on Friday, Sept. 7, against Wofford at 7 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field on Alumni Weekend, which kicks off earlier that day with the annual Alumni Game at 5 pm. Once again the Rebel Soccer Foundation will host a free tailgate party before each home game, open to all ticket holders with free food and drinks.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 UNLV men’s soccer season. Season tickets are just $35 for adults, $25 for UNLV faculty/staff and seniors. Single game ticket prices this season are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff and seniors, though a special internet price of $5 is available for all tickets bought online at UNLVTickets.com, good up to three hours before game time. New this year at UNLV, all students in elementary, middle and high schools will receive free admission to the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball, softball and baseball. Kids not yet of elementary school age will continue to receive free entry to all UNLV Olympic Sports.

2018 WAC Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll

Place    Team (1st place votes)    Votes
1. Seattle (9) – 119
2. UNLV – 105
3. Air Force – 104
4. San Jose State – 84
5. Utah Valley – 79
6. Grand Canyon – 75
7. CSU Bakersfield – 55
8. UTRGV – 49
9. UMKC – 38
10. Cal Baptist – 30
11. Houston Baptist – 28
12. UIW – 26

2018 Preseason All-WAC Team
Tucker Bone, Sr., F, Air Force
Austin Dewing, Sr., F, Air Force
Marco Gonzalez, So., F, UNLV
Josh Drack, So., MF, Grand Canyon
Timo Mehlich, Jr., MF, UNLV
Sergio Rivas, Sr., MF, Seattle
Nathan Aune, Sr., D, Seattle
Anthony Ayala, Sr., D, Seattle
Adam Musovski, Sr., D, UNLV
Andy Rios, Sr., D, San Jose State
Josh Adachi, Sr., GK, Seattle

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Sergio Rivas, Seattle

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year 
Nathan Aune, Seattle

UNLV Men’s Soccer’s Connors, Lynam and Soresman Help Downtown LVSC to National Semifinals

July 26, 2018

Las Vegas club looking to become first-ever boys team from the state of Nevada to win the national title

 
 

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Three members of the UNLV men’s soccer team, incoming freshmen Dylan Soresman and John Lynam, along with associate head coach Liam Connors, are bidding to help the Downtown LVSC become the first-ever boy’s club team from the state of Nevada to win a national championship as they will play Saturday morning in the U-18 semifinals of the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships. This year’s event, which features the top teams in the U-13 through U-19 age groups, is being held from July 24-July 29 in Frisco, Texas.

Connors is the head coach of the squad, while Soresman and Lynam, both Las Vegas natives, have started all three games for Downtown LVSC this week. They helped the team to first place in the Group B standings with a 3-0 record, thanks to an impressive 8-1 goal differential.

“This would be a great accomplish for the entire team if we win two games and the national title,” said Connors. “The two Rebels on the team have played great as well, especially Soresman’s play on the defensive side to help us allow a tournament low one goal, while Lynam has made his impact known on the offensive side.”

Lynam has a goal and an assist over the first three games, which the team won by scores of 3-0, 2-0 and 3-1. They will take on the Group A second place team, West Coast FC Armour from San Juan Capistrano, California, in the second semifinal game Saturday at 7 am (CST). The winner will meet either Washington Premier or Baltimore Celtic SC in the championship game Sunday at 8 am (CST).

Former Rebel Sophie Cortes Signs Professional Contract In Hungary

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Former UNLV women’s soccer standout Sophie Cortes has signed a professional contract to play for Ferencváros Torna Club, based in Budapest, Hungary. Ferencváros TC is the top club team in the country. Cortes, who was named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American as a senior last fall, graduated from UNLV in the spring with a degree in hospitality management.

“I’m very excited for the experience,” said Cortes. “I’m looking forward to playing in a foreign country and immersing myself in the culture – I couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity.”

Cortes, from Newhall, California, developed into one of the top midfielders in the Mountain West during her four years at UNLV. The two-time MW All-Conference First Team selection had a breakout season in 2017, racking up 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists. The 32 points rank second all-time in a single-season, while her goals and assists were both tied for third-best. For her career, her 16 goals are tied for seventh all-time, her 49 points rank eighth all-time and her 17 assists are fifth-most in program history.

The Rebels open the 2018 campaign with the annual UNLV Invitational, set for August 17-19 at Peter Johann Memorial Field.

2018 UNLV Men’s Soccer Schedule

2018 UNLV Men's Soccer Schedule

We have just released our schedule for the 2018 season, check out the video below!! #UNLV Official Release – http://www.unlvrebels.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/052418aaa.html

Posted by UNLV Rebel Soccer on Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rebels To Face Road-Heavy Schedule In 2018

UNLV will play eight of its first 10 games away from Las Vegas.

May 24, 2018

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – 2018 UNLV Men’s Soccer Schedule

UNLV men’s soccer will be challenged from day one this upcoming season, as the Rebels play eight of their first 10 games of the year away from Las Vegas. Three games on the schedule will also be against teams that reached the NCAA Tournament in 2017, as the Rebels’ 20-game 2018 slate was released by the athletics department Thursday.

“This year we decided to challenge our guys right from the start,” said Ryerson. “Our strategy with our road-heavy schedule is to get them ready for the tough settings they will face in conference play, especially at Seattle both for the regular season and in the conference tournament. While we bring back several starters, we are still a young team, and this will be a great way to get them experience playing in a tough environment.”

The Rebels will begin play with a pair of neutral-site games at the home of WAC member Utah Valley in Orem, Utah, against Florida Atlantic (Aug. 24) and Evansville (Aug. 26). The season opener will be just the second meeting between the two schools, following a Rebel road victory at FAU in 2007. It will mark the sixth meeting all-time against Evansville, with the last coming in the 2002 season.

The next weekend will see UNLV off to Oklahoma to face Tulsa for the first time since 2001. The weekend closes out with a game at Oral Roberts, which will be the second time the teams have played and first since a UNLV victory in Las Vegas in 2009. UNLV then comes back to Las Vegas for its only non-conference home games of the season in the Johann Memorial Classic Sept. 7 and 9. It will also be Alumni Weekend for the Rebels, with the Alumni game starting things off on the afternoon of Sept. 7, followed by the home opener against Wofford. On Sept. 9, Wofford will play Cal Baptist, while the Rebels will play a Sunday night contest against CSU Fullerton, a NCAA tournament participant from a year ago. The Rebels have played more games (36) against the Titans then any other non-conference school in team history, while it will be the first meeting ever against the Wofford Terriers.

UNLV will then play three of its next four games in the state of California, starting with contests at UC Riverside (Sept. 14) and San Diego (Sept. 16). This will be the eighth meeting in nine years with UCR, while the Rebels last met USD in 2016. The WAC opener will take place in Edinburg, Texas, against UTRGV on Sept. 22, which is followed by another non-conference road contest, a Monday, Sept. 24 game at San Diego State.

The Rebels will climb back into league play with home games against new WAC member Cal Baptist (Sept. 28) and CSU Bakersfield (Sept. 30). Highlights of the WAC schedule include a road contest at 2017 tournament champion Seattle (Oct. 5), while the Rebels will host regular-season champion (and 2017 NCAA team) Air Force on Oct. 26. Senior night for the Rebels will come on Friday, Nov. 2 against Grand Canyon, while this year’s tournament is hosted by Seattle on Nov. 7-11.

Highlighting the returnees for UNLV for 2018 are three players who received All-WAC honors a year ago – junior midfielder Timo Mehlich, senior defender Adam Musovski and sophomore midfielder Marco Gonzalez, while Gonzalez and midfielder Jesus Partida were both all-freshman team selections. In all, seven starters come back from a squad that finished the year at 11-9-1 and placed second in the WAC regular-season standings.

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