UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Announce 2014 Schedule





Rebels will host three tournaments in the month of September, season begins Aug. 29 on the road

Online version of 2014 UNLV Men’s Soccer Schedule

Four games against teams that advanced to the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament highlights the 2014 UNLV men’s soccer slate, which was released by the athletics department on Wednesday. The Rebels will play a total of 19 regular-season games with 11 in Las Vegas, including three regular season home tournaments in the month of September.

“I’m very excited to be hosting 11 games on our home field at Peter Johann Memorial,” said Ryerson. “With the level of non-conference competition that we have scheduled for the 2014 season, I believe it will prepare us to compete in the WAC at a very high level. Bradley, UMBC, UC Irvine, and Seattle are all very strong teams with a long history of success, and I’m happy we have the chance to challenge teams at that caliber.”

For the second straight season the Rebels will open the season on the road, this time with a first-ever trip to the state of Illinois for a pair of games in the Bradley Tournament. First up will be a neutral site contest against Western Illinois on Friday, Aug. 29, followed by a rematch against the host Bradley Braves on Aug. 31. The Braves, who reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2013, were handed a 4-1 loss in Las Vegas in last year’s meeting.

UNLV will then return home to host back-to-back tournaments, beginning with the inaugural Johann Memorial Classic. The Rebels will face a pair of first-time opponents in that tournament, taking on IPFW on Sept. 5 and Howard on Sept. 7. Bakersfield will be the fourth team in the field. The next weekend will be the UNLV Nike Invitational, where the Rebels will host UMBC on Sept. 12 (2013 NCAA second round appearance) and Detroit on Sept. 14. It will be the first meeting with the Detroit Titans since the 1999 season, while the Rebels have played UMBC a total of four times, including on the season-opening weekend in Baltimore last September. Cal State Fullerton will also be part of the Nike Invitational.

Following a road game at frequent road game at Gonzaga on Sept. 20, the Rebels return to Las Vegas for their third and final regular season tournament of September, the UNLV Rebel Classic. Opening up the weekend will be a contest against UC Irvine, a Sweet 16 squad from a year ago, on Sept. 26. UNLV will close out against UC Riverside on Sept 28, with Utah Valley serving as the fourth team.

The Rebels begin their second year back in the WAC, which welcomes Incarnate Word to the league as an affiliate member in the sport, and also adds a first-year program from current full-conference member Utah Valley. Under the new 10-game league schedule, each school will play everyone once except for one rival that will be a home-and-home series. For UNLV this year that will be with Grand Canyon, as the teams will open up the WAC schedule in Las Vegas on Oct. 5, before closing out the regular season in Phoenix on Nov. 2. The Rebels will have road conference games at Seattle (Oct. 10), Utah Valley (Oct. 12), Incarnate Word (Oct. 24) and Houston Baptist (Oct. 26). Making the trip to Las Vegas this year in league play will be Air Force (Oct. 17), Kansas City (Oct. 19), Bakersfield (Oct. 31) and San Jose State (Nov. 2). The 2014 WAC Tournament will be hosted by defending champion Seattle on Nov. 13-16.  

“Incarnate Word had a very successful season last year while playing as an independent, and we are expecting Utah Valley to field an experienced team,” said Ryerson of the newest additions to the league. “I know that Grand Canyon has made significant changes to their roster, and with coaching changes at San Jose State and Bakersfield, we should have our hands full in the WAC. However, I’m excited to have eight seniors and nine juniors on the roster this fall, as I believe their maturing will help us achieve great heights this season.”

The Rebels placed third in the WAC last year at 5-4-1, and bring back nine starters from that squad. That includes all four all-conference selections, highlighted by senior Salvador Bernal, a two-time all-region selection.

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Fall In Defensive Contest At UC Irvine 2-0




The two teams were held to a combined 11 shots on the afternoon

UNLV played UC Irvine fairly even for the majority of the afternoon, but a two-minute stretch midway through the first half would prove to be the difference in a 2-0 win by the Anteaters over the Rebels in college women’s soccer action on Sunday from Anteater Stadium. Both teams moved to 1-1 on the season with the decision.

“It was a tough game for both teams to keep a rhythm going on offense, but I feel we got better as the game went on, just couldn’t connect on a score,” said UNLV head coach Michael Coll. “We did get a chance to play a lot of new players today though, and while we hoped for a better result, overall I was happy with our play today.”

The host UC Irvine squad came out attacking from the start, taking four of its six total shots in the game in the opening 21 minutes. Natalie Ledezma would put the Anteaters on the board with their second shot, when she chipped in a shot over Rebel goalkeeper Kylie Wassell in the 20th minute. Zoya Farzaneh was credited with an assist on the play.

Just 72 seconds later Ledezma scored again, this time heading in a cross from Cami Privett in the 21st minute. That put UCI up by a 2-0 score, and both teams would be held to just one shot each over the rest of the half, leaving the halftime score as 2-0. UNLV would be outshot 5-1 for the opening half as well. The second half was a different story though, with the Rebels holding the Anteaters to just one shot total over the final 45 minutes, while taking four themselves. Two of the four shots were on goal but were saved by UCI goalkeeper Corey Tobin to earn the shutout win.

The final shot total was 6-5 in favor of UCI, while the Anteaters also held a 7-1 edge on corner kicks. Wassell finished with three saves in goal for the Rebels, while Tobin posted two.

UNLV now returns home to host the Nike Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 2. On Friday, the Rebels will face Portland State at 7 pm, while the first game will see LIU Brooklyn and New Mexico State square off at 4:30 pm. Sunday’s action will feature UNLV and LIU Brooklyn at 1 pm, following the morning contest of New Mexico State and Portland State at 10:30 am. All UNLV home games are held at Peter Johann Field, with tickets $8 for adults, while children 12 and under are always free.

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Open Season In California Against Pair Of Big West Schools




Rebels to play road games at both UC Riverside and UC Irvine

UNLV starts the 2013 women’s soccer season on the road with a pair of games in California, part of a run of eight of the first 10 games of the year to be played outside Las Vegas. First up is a Friday, Aug. 23 contest at UC Riverside at 7 pm, followed by a Sunday, Aug. 25 game at UC Irvine at 1 pm.

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All About The Rebels
The Rebels brings back three senior All-Mountain West players for the 2013 season, highlighted by forward Jenn Wolfe, an all-region selection after scoring 12 goals and 26 points last year. Also coming back is midfielder Courtney Botelho and goalkeeper Kylie Wassell, who set a school record with 10 shutouts last season.

The Rebels are guided by second-year head coach Michael Coll, who in his first year in Las Vegas directed the team to a 12-4-4 mark as well as a school-record seven-game win streak.

Scouting UC Riverside
This will be the fourth meeting in the last five years between the two, and UNLV has won the past two games, including a 3-0 win at home in 2011. The Highlanders finished 2012 with a 7-10-3 mark, and were picked ninth in the Big West preseason poll.

Expected to the lead the team this year is sophomore forward Crystal Lopez, who tied for the team lead in points last year with nine. Nicole Ragano should get the start in goal after appearing in three games in 2012.

Scouting UC Irvine
UNLV and the Anteaters will be playing for the first time since 2009 on Sunday, and the game will be between a pair of teams both picked to finish third in their respective leagues. UCI also placed a pair of players on the preseason All-Big West team, senior forward Natalia Ledezma and junior midfielder Cami Privett. Jenn Randazzo started the team’s last exhibition game of the preseason, and held a 1.70 GAA in 2012.
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Next Time Out
The Rebels will play their first home games of the 2013 season on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 as they host the UNLV Nike Invitational. First up will be the home opener against Portland State on Aug. 30 at 7 pm, followed by the Sept. 1 contest against LIU Brookyln at 1 pm, with all games played at Peter Johann Memorial Field.