Rebels Score Five Unanswered In Season-Opening Victory

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

LAS VEGAS ( – 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.”

* 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


LAS VEGAS ( – 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, 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 ( – 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 ( – 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

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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 ( – 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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