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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.

Rebels Shut Out At Cal Baptist

RIVERSIDE, California (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV’s offense fell flat in the second half as the Rebels were handed a 4-0 loss at Cal Baptist Sunday afternoon in WAC men’s soccer action. 

The Lancers held a 1-0 lead at the half though UNLV attempted five of the opening half’s nine total shots. It was a different story in the second half as the Rebels finished with just three total shots. Cal Baptist meanwhile attempted eight and scored on three of them, all in a seven-minute span, to turn a one-goal game into a 4-0 contest.

NEXT UP: The Rebels will play a pair of games at home next weekend starting with a with a Friday night contest against Seattle at 7:30 pm. That’s part of a double-header with the UNLV women’s team who will host Air Force at 5 pm. Both teams will also play at double-header on Sunday, Oct. 13, with the UNLV men playing at 10:30 am against San Jose State and the UNLV women hosting Colorado College at 1 pm.

There is a special ticket promotion for Friday’s doubleheader, as for $20, fans can get tickets to both UNLV games along with a ticket to Saturday’s Las Vegas Lights contest vs Reno1868 at 7:30 pm.  There will be a tailgate party Friday with free food, drinks and live music that is open to all with ticketed admission. To access the weekend deal fans can go to lightsfc.com/unlvsoccer. 

Rebels Come Up Short On The Road

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) – For the second straight game UNLV finished with more shots then its opponent but fell short on the scoreboard as the Rebels suffered a 3-2 loss at New Mexico in Mountain West women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon.

UNM took an early lead 1-0 in the 10th minute, before the Rebels tied it after Katie Ballou converted a penalty kick in the 14th minute. Back-to-back goals from the Lobos in the 22nd and 27th minutes put the hosts back ahead 3-1 though. Jadyn Nogues brought UNLV back within a goal in the 56th minute when she headed in a corner kick to make it a 3-2 contest, but that was also the last goal of the game.

UNLV ended the afternoon with a 20-13 edge on total shots, and 8-7 on shots on goal, while corner kicks were also 12-3 in favor of the visiting Rebels.

QUOTE – “Unfortunately it’s two games in a row where we have out-shot the opposition and have significantly more corners but came out on the wrong side of the result. We had some issues early in the first half but then settled down and created numerous opportunities that we just couldn’t finish. However the team has been upbeat and we are confident that we have turned the corner.” – UNLV head coach Chris Shaw

NEXT UP: The Rebels will host six of their final eight games at home, beginning with next weekend with a Friday night contest against Air Force at 5 pm. That’s part of a double-header with the UNLV men’s team who will host Seattle at 7:30 pm. Both teams will also play at double-header on Sunday, Oct. 13, with the UNLV men playing at 10:30 am and the UNLV women hosting Colorado College.

There is a special ticket promotion for Friday’s doubleheader, as for $20, fans can get tickets to both UNLV games along with a ticket to Saturday’s Las Vegas Lights contest vs Reno1868 at 7:30 pm.  There will be a tailgate party Friday with free food, drinks and live music that is open to all with ticketed admission. To access the weekend deal fans can go to lightsfc.com/unlvsoccer. 

Late Goal Sinks Rebels At CSU Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, California (UNLVRebels.com) – A missed penalty kick ended up being the difference Friday as UNLV men’s soccer was handed a tough 1-0 loss at CSU Bakersfield after allowing the game-winner in the final seven minutes of the contest.

In a game where UNLV had the shot advantage for the majority of the contest and the advantage in total possession as well, the Rebels had a great opportunity for a lead in the 40th minute after a player was knocked down inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick in the 40th minute. Nico Clasen took the attempt and sent a hard low shot to the right corner. CSUB’s Detre Bell guessed correctly on his save attempt however, knocking the shot away to keep the game scoreless. 

CSUB scored the game’s lone goal in the 84th minute for a 1-0 advantage. UNLV’s best chance to tie game in the 87th minute when Bryan Martinez-Serrano flicked a shot over the goalie but the ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced back just before the goaline.

UNLV returns to action Sunday with a 1 pm contest at Cal Baptist in Riverside.

Rebels To Play Pair Of WAC Games In California

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV men’s soccer is looking for its first WAC win of the season as are both of its weekend opponents as the Rebels will face CSU Bakersfield in a Friday morning, 11 am contest in Bakersfield, before closing the weekend at Cal Baptist on Sunday in a 1 pm match. All three teams dropped their opening game in league play Saturday night, with the Rebels falling to now No. 24 UTRGV 2-0.

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. 

UNLV (2-7, 0-1 WAC) at CSU Bakersfield (1-6, 0-1 WAC)
Friday, Oct. 4 – 11 am – Main Soccer Field (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Live Video (WDN) – Live Stats

UNLV (2-7, 0-1 WAC) at Cal Baptist (1-7-1, 0-1 WAC)
Sunday, Oct. 6 – 1 pm – Lancer Soccer Field (Riverside, Calif.)
Live Video (WDN) – Live StatsPrint Friendly Version

Rebels On The Road Once More

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV women’s soccer is looking to stop its losing streak but will have to go on the road to accomplish that as the Rebels will be in San Diego Friday night to face the SDSU Aztecs before traveling to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico in a Sunday afternoon contest.

Both games will have a live video stream through the Mountain West Network available online at UNLVRebels.com.

Friday, Oct. 4 – 7 pm
UNLV (3-7, 0-2) at San Diego State (2-6-1, 1-1)
San Diego, California
Live Video (MWN) | Live Stats

Sunday, Oct. 6 – 12 pm (PT)
UNLV (3-7, 0-2) at New Mexico (5-4, 1-1)
Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Video | Live Stats
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Rebels Shutout 2-0 At Boise State

BOISE, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV kept the game scoreless for the first half and almost 10 minutes into the second before the host Boise State Broncos scored the eventual game-winner on the way to a 2-0 victory in Mountain West women’s soccer action Sunday from Boas Soccer Complex.

 Though Boise State finished with the advantage on shots (25-5), the Rebels played a strong game on defense while goalkeeper Emberly Sevilla set a season-high with nine saves on 11 shots faced.

QUOTE – “We were disappointed with the result but credit to Boise State, they are a good team. I was very proud of our players and felt like they did a great job of sticking to the game plan and battling hard for 90 minutes.” – UNLV head coach Chris Shaw

NEXT UP: The Rebels will be on the road again next weekend for a pair of games, beginning with Friday’s 7 pm contest at San Diego State. That will be followed by a Sunday, Oct. 6 game at New Mexico with a 12 pm (MT) start.

Rebels Come Up Short In WAC Opener 2-0 To UTRGV

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV gave up a pair of early goals and could not recover, falling 2-0 to UTRGV in the WAC men’s soccer conference opener for both teams Saturday night from Peter Johann Memorial Field.

The Vaqueros scored just less than four minutes into the game and then added a second score in the 16th minute for a quick 2-0 lead. UNLV earned several strong scoring chances near the end of the first half and start of the second, as five of its seven overall shots in the game were on goal. However, a strong night from UTRGV goalkeeper Andy Rios kept the Rebels off the scoreboard, as he finished the night with five saves on the five shots he faced. 

UNLV was outshot 13-7 for the game, 7-5 on shots on goal, while goalkeeper Lukas Betz recorded five stops in the net. 

The Rebels are back in action Friday, Oct. 4, with an 11 am morning contest at CSU Bakersfield.

Double-Overtime Setback In MW Opener

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV put up a tough fight in its Mountain West opener Friday night, but having to play shorthanded after a late second half red card eventually took its toll as the Rebels fell 1-0 to Utah State in the final minutes of the second overtime in women’s college soccer action from Johann Memorial Field.

While Utah State held the shot advantage the entire night, UNLV kept the visitors off the scoreboard thanks to a stellar performance from Emberly Sevilla, as she recorded seven saves in the net for the Rebels. A second yellow card to Ariana Reyes in the 82nd minute however left UNLV playing down a player for the rest of the way. Utah State would take advantage midway through the second overtime when Christiane Sundstrom scored from inside the box in the 107th minute for a 1-0 golden goal victory for the Aggies. 

QUOTE: “I thought the team battled hard for 106 minutes. We showed a lot of heart, a lot of fight, a lot of battle tonight. Obviously it’s unfortunate to give up a late goal like that, we felt like we deserved more out of the game. But we’ll build on it, and if we can play with that kind of heart and fight I think we’ll have a good rest of the season.” – UNLV coach Chris Shaw

NEXT UP: UNLV is on the road Sunday at preseason MW favorite Boise State in a Sunday, 12 pm (MT) contest.

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.