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Season Finale For Rebels Saturday

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s soccer team looks to close out the season on a winning note when it travels to Arizona for a Saturday night contest at Grand Canyon. The game will tip off at 6 pm at GCU Stadium.

Saturday’s game will be available to watch through the WAC Digital Network, which will have live links on UNLVRebels.com and can also be watched through the Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android streaming devices. 

UNLV at Grand Canyon
Saturday, Nov. 9 – 6 pm (PT) – GCU Stadium (Phoenix, Arizona)

Senior Night, Code Red Set For Friday Against UNR

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer will close out the 2019 regular season with a pair of home games, starting with Friday night’s Senior Night contest against the UNR Wolf Pack at 7 pm. The game is also a Code Red game for UNLV, and part of the Silver State Series, the all-sports challenge between the two schools sponsored by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network. There will also be a pregame tailgate, free to all with free food, drinks and live music starting at 5 pm, thanks to the UNLV Soccer Foundation. Sunday meanwhile will see the Rebels go out of conference play to host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at 1 pm. Both games will be at Johann Memorial Field.

Tickets are just $8 for adults or $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com by the day before the game, $5 for seniors and staff, while kids 12 and under and all Nevada students under the age of 17 receive free admission to UNLV soccer contests. 

Friday’s game will have a live video stream on the Mountain West Network, which is available on UNLVRebels.com, while Sunday’s contest will be on YouTube. Wyatt Tomchek will provide the play-by-play for both games. 

UNLV vs UNR
Johann Memorial Field (Las Vegas)

UNLV vs Colorado State
Johann Memorial Field (Las Vegas)

Key Road Games Await Rebels

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s soccer team looks to keep their WAC tournament hopes alive with two must-win matchups this weekend against Utah Valley (Thursday) and Air Force (Saturday). The Rebels have won three of their last four matches, but will need a strong final push to find their way in the tournament after dropping a 3-1 home contest to Houston Baptist on the Rebels’ Senior Day Oct. 27.

Thursday’s game will be available to watch through the WAC Digital Network, which will have live links on UNLVRebels.com and can also be watched through the Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android streaming devices. The contest at Air Force will not have a live stream.

UNLV at Utah Valley
Thursday, Oct. 31 – 6 pm – Clyde Field (Orem, Utah)

UNLV at Air Force
Saturday, Nov. 2 – 12 pm – Cadet Lacrosse Field (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Senior Weekend For Rebels

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s soccer team will be playing its final home games of the regular season this weekend, as the Rebels kickoff against Kansas City on Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 pm, followed by Sunday’s Senior Day contest against Houston Baptist at 1 pm. Both games are part of doubleheaders with the UNLV women’s team, who will play at 7:30 pm on Friday and 10 am on Sunday.

There will be a free tailgate party, featuring free food, drinks and live music, thanks to the UNLV Soccer Foundation, that will be open to all with ticketed admission starting at 5 pm on Friday. Tickets are just $8 for adults or $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com by the day before the game, $5 for seniors and staff, while kids 12 and under and all Nevada students under the age of 17 receive free admission to UNLV soccer contests. 

Both games will be available to watch through the WAC Digital Network, which will have live links on UNLVRebels.com and can also be watched through the Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android streaming devices. Wyatt Tomchek will provide the play-by-play. 

Four-Game Homestand Starts Friday

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer starts a four-game homestand to end the regular season this weekend, with a Friday night contest against Wyoming at 7:30 pm and a Sunday, Oct. 27 game against Colorado State kicking off at 10 am. Both games are part of doubleheaders with the UNLV men’s team, who will play at 5 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Sunday.

There will be a free tailgate party, featuring free food, drinks and live music, thanks to the UNLV Soccer Foundation, that will be open to all with ticketed admission starting at 5 pm on Friday. Tickets are just $8 for adults or $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com by the day before the game, $5 for seniors and staff, while kids 12 and under and all Nevada students under the age of 17 receive free admission to UNLV soccer contests. 

Both games this weekend will have a live video stream on the Mountain West Network, which is available on UNLVRebels.com. Wyatt Tomchek will provide the play-by-play. 

Rebels On The Road Sunday In Texas

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV men’s soccer looks to keep the momentum of last week going as it brings a two-game unbeaten streak into Sunday’s WAC road contest at Incarnate Word at 11 am (PT). The UIW Cardinals meanwhile are playing at home for just the fourth time this season and are 1-4 in league play.

There will be no live video stream of the game but it will have live stats available on UNLVRebels.com.

Rebels On The Road In California For Two

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer will play its final two road games of the regular season this weekend, as it travels to California to face San Jose State Thursday night (7 pm) before closing out with a Sunday 12 pm match at Fresno State.

The Rebels are looking to keep their momentum going after Sunday’s win over then-first place Colorado College. The 2-0 victory over the Tigers also marked UNLV’s first shutout in league play this season.

Both games this weekend will have a live video stream available through UNLVRebels.com.

Rebels Host Air Force, Tigers On A Doubleheader Weekend

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer is back home for a pair of home games this weekend, Friday against Air Force at 5 pm and Sunday against Colorado College, both at Peter Johann Memorial Field. Friday’s game will also have a free tailgate party with free food and drinks starting at 5 pm, thanks to the UNLV Soccer Foundation.

Both Friday and Sunday contests are part of doubleheaders featuring both the UNLV women’s and men’s squads. There is a special ticket package of $20 that will also give fans admission to Friday’s doubleheader as well as Saturday’s Las Vegas Lights game vs Reno 1868. The package must be bought by Thursday night at lightsfc.com/unlvsoccer.

There will be giveaways for both UNLV games this weekend as well, as the first 200 fans on Friday night will receive a free UNLV camo drink koozie, while on Sunday, which is also Kick Cancer Day for the Rebels, the first 200 fans will receive a free UNLV pink cooling towel.

Both games will have a live video stream on YouTube, with the links available on UNLVRebels.com.

Home Conference Weekend For Rebels

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV men’s soccer is back home for a pair of home games this weekend, Friday against Seattle at 7:30 pm and Sunday against San Jose State at 10:30 am, both at Peter Johann Memorial Field. Friday’s game will also have a free tailgate party with free food and drinks starting at 5 pm during the UNLV women’s game against Air Force, thanks to the UNLV Soccer Foundation.

Both Friday and Sunday contests are part of doubleheaders featuring both the UNLV women’s and men’s squads. There is a special ticket package of $20 that will also give fans admission to Friday’s doubleheader as well as Saturday’s Las Vegas Lights game vs Reno 1868. The package must be bought by Thursday night at lightsfc.com/unlvsoccer.

There will be giveaways for both UNLV games this weekend as well, as the first 200 fans on Friday night will receive a free UNLV camo drink koozie, while on Sunday, which is also Kick Cancer Day for the Rebels, the first 200 fans will receive a free UNLV pink cooling towel.

Both games will be available to watch through the WAC Digital Network, which will have live links on UNLVRebels.com and can also be watched through the Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android streaming devices.

Men’s Soccer 9/20/19 Update from the Soccer Yoda

It’s a common expression that a good referee is almost invisible during a game. Calls are correct, the game isn’t overly interrupted, any game changing calls are so blatant as to be obvious, so the ref seems to have no choice in making the call.

That wasn’t the case when UNLV took the field against the #2 nationally ranked St Mary’s. The Rebels  had suffered through a hard luck season, as it was, entering this match. Two overtime losses to start the season, a magnificent comeback that fell short, four losses all by a single goal. And more problems coming into this already difficult match-up. Both starting center backs were out, Billy Jones was representing New Zealand in the Olympic qualifiers and Nick Willliams had to sit out due to an ill-advised second yellow card received during the narrow loss to San Francisco.

Nevertheless, during the majority of the match a neutral observer would have had a difficult time picking out the 5-0 side from the 2-4 team.

The game started slowly as neither team established any superiority. Possession was hard to gain and long balls gained little advantage when they were attempted. The one factor which did have some impact in the first 20 minutes of the contest was St Mary’s use of their 4-2-3-1 to bring heavy numbers into the attacking third and their ability to find those players in a composed fashion when close to goal. Only Lukas Betz’s quickness and UNLV’s determination to defend prevent a score by the Gaels. However, as the half wore on, meaningful attacks by St Mary’s became few in number and the last 15 minutes, they were limited to only 2 ventures near the Rebels goal. One produced a harmless corner and although the other, in the 43rd minute, involved a nifty flick over Rebel defenders, Betz was quick to gobble it up before it became a threat to the goal. Meanwhile UNLV found some success down the right with Timo Mehlich delivering a dangerous cross in the 18th minute and John Lynam coming close off a scramble in front of the St Mary’s goal 10 minutes later. The scoreless half ended with UNLV enjoying 60% possession and looking every bit the equal of the highly considered visitors.

The second half started much like the first but that all changed at the 50 minute mark. As the Gaels moved into Rebel territory, they attempted a through ball to CF Joseph Restani. The pass got past UNLV defender Tyler Allen and Restani appeared to have a chance at gaining possession. Allen pressured Restani closely from behind and the Gael smartly stopped his run causing Allen to tumble over him. Both players went down just outside the Rebel penalty area and the referee amazing went for his red card. Allen was ejected (which also causes him to miss the next game) and most observers weren’t sure it was even a foul, much less a straight red card. Betz made a nice save on the ensuing direct kick but the card left the UNLV defense unsettled given the absence of their starting center backs to begin with. Although the direct kick was saved and cleared, the ball went to the Gael’s Sebastian Schacht who found an unmarked Younes Dayehk on the Rebel’s right (where Allen would have been) and he fired a missile into the near upper corner of the net.

The goal changed the game completely. The Rebels needed to push more offense forward to get the equalizer and St Mary’s settled back to protect the lead and look for counters. Add that to the makeshift defense that UNLV had to scramble together to replace the already makeshift defense required for this contest in the first place ( which had actually been performing excellently) and the second goal was no surprise. Restani scored from a short distance at 69 minutes and the match was settled. The Rebels did mount a dangerous offensive thrust late in the game but Gaels keeper Jakub Svehlik tipped the ball over the bar and the outcome was settled. If luck evens out eventually, UNLV is due for a terrific run. This squad is better than their record and the first 50 minutes of this match showed it. If St Mary’s is the second best team in the country, then the Rebels aren’t far behind. They just need to match the quality they displayed in the first half of this match, play smart, avoid unneeded fouls and take the chances they will undoubtedly produce. The season is a long way from over.