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Mehlich Hat Trick Leads Rout Of Kansas City

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Timo Mehlich turned in a career performance in the first of the two final home games of his career, as the UNLV senior posted the first hat trick of his career with three second half goals as the Rebels blitzed Kansas City 4-1 Friday night in WAC men’s soccer action at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The win increased UNLV’s unbeaten streak to four games, and has moved the Rebels into a tie for fifth place in the league standings at 3-3-1 (10 points), passing the Roos who dropped to eighth place (3-4) as their three-game win streak was snapped.

The Rebels took awhile to get their offense flowing, as it was a scoreless game until the 43rd minute when Connor Ryan scored his first goal of the season for a 1-0 lead, off an assist by Skyler Goo. The goal energized the UNLV squad going into halftime, especially Mehlich. He would score back-to-back goals just 64 seconds apart in the 48th and 50th minutes to quickly push the Rebels ahead by a 3-0 margin. KC broke up the shutout in the 51st minute with a score, but the game would be sealed shortly after when the Roos’ Mikhail McComie was redcarded following a hard foul, leaving the visitors shorthanded the rest of the way. Mehlich then converted a penalty kick in the 66th minute for a 4-1 lead, while giving him the first hat trick at UNLV since Marco Gonzalez scored three times in a 4-1 win over Evansville on Aug. 26, 2018.

UNLV finished with a season-high 28 shots, to just nine for the Roos, while shots on goal were 9-2 in favor of the Rebels. 

NEXT UP: Sunday will be Senior Day for Mehlich and four more Rebels, as UNLV hosts Houston Baptist in a 1 pm contest at Johann Field. That will be the second game of a doubleheader, as the Rebel women will play Colorado State at 10 am.

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 Drop 2-1 Road Contest At Fresno State

FRESNO, California (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV came up short in its final road game of the season Sunday afternoon, as the Rebels dropped a 2-1 contest in Mountain West women’s soccer action at Fresno State on the Bulldogs’ Senior Day.

The Bulldogs held a 1-0 halftime lead thanks to a score in the 35th minute. The game went into halftime still at a 1-0 score, before the Rebels tied up the score in the 53rd minute thanks to Malika Markham, as she headed in a ball in the box off a long free kick from Katie Ballou. Unfortunately for the Rebels the game didn’t stay tied for long as Fresno State came back three minutes later for a score in the 56th minute for what would be the game-winning goal.

UNLV was outshot 17-8 for the game, and 7-4 on shots on goal, though did hold a 9-7 edge on corner kicks.

QUOTE: “We got off to a slow start in the first half and dug ourselves a hole. We were much better the second half but unfortunately it’s tough to win games when you only show up for 45 minutes.” – UNLV head coach Chris Shaw

NEXT UP: The Rebels will begin a four-game homestand to end the regular season with a doubleheader Friday night with the Rebel men’s team. The day’s first game will be the UNLV men against Seattle at 5 pm, followed by the UNLV women against Wyoming at 7:30 pm. A free tailgate party with free food and drinks and live music will be open to all with ticketed admission.

Golden Gonzalez Lifts Rebels Past UIW 1-0

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – Junior forward Marco Gonzalez scored the golden goal in the 94th minute to give UNLV 1 -0 road victory at Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon in WAC men’s soccer action. With the win, the Rebels pushed their unbeaten streak to three games and now stand at 2-3-1, and are seventh in the standings with seven points.

UIW actually had a 17-7 edge on total shots in the game, but only four of those 17 were on goal, while three of the Rebels’ seven came on frame. The winning score was setup thanks to steal in the midfield by the Rebels, who then served up a long pass to the left side to Gonzalez. The Las Vegas native made a move past his defender into the box and curved a shot to the right post for the score to end the game.

NEXT UP: The Rebels are back home for their final two home games, starting with a home double-header with the UNLV women’s team Friday. The Rebels will host Seattle at 5 pm, while the UNLV women will play Wyoming at 7:30 pm. There will be a free tailgate with free food and drinks available for all with ticketed admission to the games.

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 Claim 1-1 Double-OT Road Draw At San Jose State

SAN JOSE, California (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV bounced back from a slow start to score a tying goal in the second half on the road for a 1-1 road draw at San Jose State Thursday night in Mountain West women’s soccer action from the Spartan Soccer Complex.

SJSU took five of the first six shots of the game and notched the game’s first goal in the 8th minute for an early 1-0 lead. UNLV started to pick it up offensively, and would tie the game in the second half thanks to a score by Malika Markham in the 55th minute. Katie Ballou was credited with an assist on the score as well.

The game would go into overtime and in the first extra period the Spartans held a 5-1 edge on shots, while it was 4-1 in favor of UNLV in the second overtime period. That included a sequence in front of the SJSU goal in the final minutes where UNLV appeared to have a great chance on goal but a Spartans defender knocked the ball away to preserve the tie.

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 Knock Off First Place Colorado College 2-0

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV scored a pair of second-half goals while goalkeeper Emberly Sevilla recorded a shutout despite facing 15 total shots as the Rebels claimed a 2-0 upset victory over first place Colorado College Sunday afternoon in Mountain West women’s soccer action from Johann Memorial Field.

The Tigers attempted nine shouts on the Rebel goal in the first half but Sevilla and the UNLV defense came up strong to keep it a scoreless game after 45 minutes. UNLV got on the board in the second half thanks to its lone corner kick of the game, as Malika Markham’s kick was headed in by Jadyn Nogues for a score and a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute. The Rebels sealed the win in the 87th minute when Lourdes Bosch dribbled past and threw several Tiger defenders before scoring from outside the box to the top right corner, putting UNLV ahead 2-0.

UNLV won despite having been outshot 15-11, and Colorado College holding a 10-1 edge on corner kicks. Sevilla finished with four saves to earn the clean sheet in goal.

NEXT UP: The Rebels will have their final road trip of the season, starting with Thursday’s contest at San Jose State, starting at 7 pm.

Mehlich Carries Rebels Past Spartans 2-1

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV senior midfielder Timo Mehlich scored two goals in a 10-minute span late in the second half to rally the Rebels past San Jose State 2-1 Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels earned four points on the weekend thanks to Friday’s tie over first-place Seattle and now stand 1-3-1 in league play, while the Spartans dropped to 2-2-1 in the WAC.

SJSU took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute as the Rebel offense was slow to start coming out of the kickoff. UNLV started to pick it as the game went on though, and came up with a tying score in the 72nd minute on Mehlich’s drive into the box and shot from 12 yards out. Marco Gonzalez assisted on the score. The game-winner came in the 81st minute when James Drye lofted a high ball from the defensive backline. Mehlich outraced the defenders for the ball, and then dribbled past the goalkeeper who came out to challenge before scoring on the empty net for the game-winner.

NEXT UP: The Rebels will have just one game next weekend, a road contest at Incarnate Word on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 11 am (PT).