General

2017 Men’s Soccer Banquet

Pictures from the UNLV Men’s Soccer Banquet held at the Tomas & Mack Strip View Room

 

The future looks bright for UNLV Men’s Soccer!

Musovski Earns All-America Status, MLS Combine Invite

Senior led the nation in scoring this season.

Dec. 22, 2017

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Senior forward Danny Musovski continues to receive recognition for his outstanding play this past season for the UNLV men’s soccer team as he was named Third Team All-America by College Soccer News. In addition, it was announced Thursday that the Henderson native is one of 60 Division I players who received an invitation to the 2018 MLS Combine.

Musovski will get the chance to show off his talents in front of representatives from all 23 MLS clubs at the 2018 Comibe, which is being held in Orlando, Florida, from Jan. 11-17, 2018. All invited players are eligible for selection in the 2018 SuperDraft January 19 in Philadelphia. A committee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches from every conference selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season.

With his selection by College Soccer News Musovski is just the second Rebel to become a two-time All-American, joining Robbie Ryerson (1984, ’85). During his sophomore campaign, Musovski was named NSCAA Second Team All-America while also earning third team honors from Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.

Musovski, a graduate of Liberty High School, finished his career at UNLV as one of the top players to ever wear the Scarlet and Gray. He claimed WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career after leading the nation in both goals (0.88 per game) and points (2.12 per game). His total goals (15) and points (36) ranked him fourth and fifth in the nation, respectively, despite missing five games. Musovski closed out his UNLV career ranked third in total goals with 47, and third in total points with 117. Both marks were WAC career records.

He set a WAC record for points in a game with nine after posting four goals and one assist against Oral Roberts (Sept. 24). Both his four goals, and his nine points, tied for the most in the nation in a game this season. His seven points off three goals and an assist in the win at San Jose State (Oct. 6) set a WAC record for total points in a conference game. Other honors for Musovski this season included United Soccer Coaches First Team All-West Region and first team All-WAC.

Gonzalez Among Top 100 Freshman Men’s Soccer Players

Complete Top 100 List

UNLV men’s soccer player Marco Gonzalez is ranked among the postseason Top Drawer Soccer top 100 freshman player rankings released this week.

Gonzalez is ranked 78th by TDS. He was selected honorable mention All-Conference and was named to the WAC All-Freshman team.  A native of Las Vegas, Gonzalez was the top scoring first-year player in the WAC as with 18 points off six goals and six assists.

Cortes Earns Top Drawer Soccer Accolade

Senior Sophie Cortes is the second UNLV women’s soccer player to appear on the site’s top 100 this fall

Dec. 21, 2017

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer senior Sophie Cortes earned another postseason accolade this week, appearing in Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100, which ranks the top 100 women’s collegiate players nationally. The midfielder is No. 99 on the list.

The senior is the second Rebel to appear on the list this fall, joining fellow senior Chidera Akubuilo, who was ranked No. 32 in the August edition.

Cortes, from Newhall, California, developed into one of the top players 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.

Cortes and the rest of her senior class leaves UNLV as the winningest class in program history, having been a part of 49 wins over the last four seasons.

The Rebels finished the 2017 campaign 13-7 overall and 5-6 in conference play.

The full Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 can be found here.

Cortes Named To Scholar All-America Team

Senior Sophie Cortes tabbed a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Second Team selection.

Dec. 14, 2017

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer senior Sophie Cortes was named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Second Team, the organization announced Thursday.

Cortes wrapped up her Rebel career in October as part of the winningest senior class in program history, with UNLV collecting 49 wins over her four years to go along with Mountain West regular season and tournament titles and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years. The midfielder is majoring in Hospitality Management and carries a 3.4 grade-point-average. Cortes is the only representative from the Mountain West Conference.

“I’m very proud of Sophie’s achievements this season,” said head coach Chris Shaw. “She exemplifies the definition of a student-athlete. She has been a success on the field and in the classroom, which is what every coach wants to see in their players. She had a great season and this award is the icing on the cake for her.”

The honor comes a year after UNLV saw former Rebel Lily Sender earn the program’s first Scholar All-America selection from the organization. Sender was also a second team honoree.

Earlier in the week, Cortes was named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar West All-Region team as a first team selection, marking the second straight year a Rebel has appeared on the all-region teams.

Cortes, from Newhall, California, developed into one of the top players 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 finished the 2017 campaign 13-7 overall and 5-6 in conference play.

The full United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America teams can be found here.

Musovski Second Rebel To Earn All-Region Three Times

Mehlich also named all-region.

Dec. 4, 2017

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Senior forward Danny Musovski became the second UNLV player to receive all-region three times in their career, as he was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team, the national organization has announced. Also honored was sophomore midfielder Timo Mehlichwith a second team selection, which is the first of his career.

Musovski was also named all-region in 2015 (first team) and in 2016 (second team). He joins Robbie Ryerson (1983-85) as the only Rebels to receive regional honors three times in their career. This also marks the second time in three years the Rebels placed multiple players on the all-region squads.

Musovski, a native of Henderson (Liberty HS), finished his career at UNLV as one of the top players ever to wear the Scarlet and Gray. He claimed WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career after leading the nation in both goals (0.88 per game) and points (2.12 per game). His total goals (15) and points (36) ranked him fourth and fifth in the nation, respectively, despite missing five games during the season. Musovski closed out his UNLV career ranked third in total goals with 47, and third as well in total points with 117, and both marks were new WAC career records as well.

He set a WAC record for points in a game with nine after posting four goals and one assist against Oral Roberts (Sept. 24). Both his four goals, and his nine points, tied for the most in the nation in a game this season. His seven points off three goals and an assist in the win at San Jose State (Oct. 6) set a WAC record for total points in a conference game.

Mehlich, a native of Mönchengladbach, Germany, was second on the team in scoring this season with 16 points. He posted three game-winners on the season, including in the past two games, a 2-1 double-overtime win over No. 22 Seattle and Saturday’s 4-1 win at Grand Canyon, and was one of three Rebels to earn first team All-WAC honors for the season.

Cortes, Akubuilo Earn All-Region Honors

Seniors Sophie Cortes and Chidera Akubuilo tabbed United Soccer Coaches All-West Region selections.

Nov. 29, 2017

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer seniors Sophie Cortes and Chidera Akubuilo were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region teams, the organization announced Monday. Cortes earned a first team nod, while Akubuilo was tabbed a second team selection.

“I am very proud of Sophie and Chidera. They are truly deserving of the regional recognition,” said head coach Chris Shaw. “Both of them have represented UNLV in an exemplary fashion both on the field and off. Their class leaves UNLV as the winningest class in program history and these two have been a major reason for that success.”

Together, Cortes and Akubuilo led the Rebels to 49 wins over the last four seasons, which included winning the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles in the same year for the first time and helping UNLV reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years.

This marks the second straight year UNLV has landed two players on the all-region teams after not having anyone selected since 2012, with Akubuilo and former Rebel Lily Sender both earning first team honors after the 2016 season.

Cortes, from Newhall, California, developed into one of the top players in the Mountain West during her four years at UNLV. A dynamic and creative player, Cortes leaves as one of the top attacking personalities ever to play here. The two-time Mountain West 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.

Akubuilo, a Torrance, California, native, is one of the top defenders to ever don the Scarlet & Gray. The four-year starter and two-year captain started 72 of 73 career games and became the first UNLV defender to earn Mountain West Defense Player of the Year honors after the 2016 campaign. Akubuilo is a two-time Mountain West All-Conference selection, having been named to the first team in 2016 and the second team in 2017. She wasn’t just a defensive threat as she scored eight goals and added two assists during her career. A dominate player on the UNLV back line, her shoes will be hard to fill next season.

The Rebels finished the 2017 campaign 13-7 overall and 5-6 in conference play. In addition to Cortes and Akubuilo, UNLV will lose Jordan SalleeMichaela Kelsey and Courtney Anderson to graduation.

The full United Soccer Coaches All-Region teams can be found here.