UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Garness Named WAC Defensive Player Of The Week



Las Vegas native helped Rebels earn four points on the road this weekend

Junior Richard Garness turned in one of the best two-game stretches of his career and was named the WAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping UNLV to four points over the weekend off a pair of road contests. He is now the third Rebel this season to be named Defensive Player of the Week, and its the first weekly honor in his career.

A native of Las Vegas (Arbor View HS), Garness recorded a career-high eight saves on the way to helping the Rebels post a 1-0 shutout at San Jose State on Oct. 9. That was followed by an Oct. 11 game at CSU Bakersfield, in which he faced 11 shots and allowed one goal over 110 minutes in the 1-1 double-overtime tie. He also finished with four saves against the Roadrunners.

For the season, Garness holds a 0.98 which ranks him fourth in the conference, and his is tied for second in the WAC with three complete shutouts.

The Rebels, 8-3-1, 2-1-1 in WAC play, returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 18, when they host Incarnate Word at 1 pm. Sunday will also be the team’s Breast Cancer Awareness game, and the Rebels will be wearing pink jerseys in support.

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Begin Conference Play Sunday, Hosts Grand Canyon



Rebels are 4-1-1 on their home field this season

The UNLV men’s soccer team looks to continue its recent success as it hosts Grand Canyon in the WAC season opener for both teams on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 pm at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The game is part of a doubleheader with the UNLV women’s team, who will play San Jose State first at 10:30 am that morning.

Tickets are $8 for adults, while children 12 and under are always free to UNLV soccer games. The construction at the soccer facility that impacted the parking for the first month has been completed as well, and the newly expanded parking space are now available.
The game will have both a live video stream and Gametracker available, which can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV Weekly Release

UNLV MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Finish School-Record Tying 19th At NCAA Championships


Rebels scored in the meet’s final event to clinch a top-20 finish

Needing to score points on Saturday to have a chance at a top-20 finish, UNLV did exactly that in the final event with an 11th place relay performance, and the Rebels would finish in 19th place as the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming Championships concluded after three days at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas campus. The Rebels finished the meet with 50 points, seven off the school record 57 scored by the 2010-11 squad, which also placed 19th at the national championships. The 2010-11 squad and this year’s team are the only two to post top-20 finishes in program history.
The Rebels entered the championships ranked 15th in the 400 free relay, and lived up to that seed in the morning preliminaries with a time of 2:53.07. That would qualify them for the night consolations. Starting in lane #1, the Rebels were a surprise outside lane leader for the majority of the consolation heat before fading out near the end. The end result was still an impressive move up to 11th place thanks to a 2:52.36, a new UNLV and WAC record mark. That move up four spots, and the additional eight points to go with it, was the difference in the Rebels finishing 19th, ahead of 20th place Virginia Tech (46).

Making up the relay squad, the fourth of the meet from UNLV to score points and the third to earn Relay Honorable Mention All-American honors, was sophomore Tom Paco-Pedroni, sophomore Samuel Lameynardie, sophomore Dillon Virva and senior Giacomo Gremizzi.

California stormed past Texas on the final day to win the team title with 468.5 points, while the host Longhorns placed second with 417.5 points, and Florida was third with 387. UNLV was the only school from a non-power conference in the top 27 of the team standings.

Paco-Pedroni nearly scored points in a second event for UNLV on the final day, after finishing as the first alternate in the 100 free in the morning prelims. His time of 42.58, which was 17th overall and just .05 seconds away from a spot in the night consolations, set a new UNLV standard and broke a 17-year old WAC record, that had been held by Lars Frolander of SMU.

2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships
Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center
Austin, Texas

Saturday, March 29
Third Day Results

Team Scoring
19. UNLV – 50 points

Honorable Mention All-American status
400 Free Relay – Tom Paco-Pedroni, Samuel Lameynardie, Dillon Virva, Giacomo Gremizzi – 11th (2:52.36)

Other UNLV swims
100 Free – Tom Paco-Pedroni – 17th (42.58)

UNLV and WAC record swims
400 Free Relay – 2:52.36 (Tom Paco-Pedroni, Samuel Lameynardie, Dillon Virva, Giacomo Gremizzi)
100 Free – 42.58 (Tom Paco-Pedroni)

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rivas Leads 5-2 Senior Day Victory Over Houston Baptist




Rebels move into third place in the WAC with the three-goal victory

 Las Vegas native Joaquin Rivas made sure his Senior Day would be a successful one, as he scored a pair of goals and added an assist in UNLV’s 5-2 victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday afternoon in WAC men’s soccer action from Peter Johann Field. Now on a three-game win streak, the longest since the 2008 season, the Rebels have improved to 6-9 overall and stand at 4-3 in league play, good for third place and just one point behind Bakersfield. HBU had entered the game with the best overall record of all WAC teams, the loss now sets them back to 7-6-1 on the year, 2-4-1 in the conference.

“It was a very successful Senior Day for us, with Joaquin scoring twice while Joe Vitale playing good in the goal for us,” said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. “It was an exciting game for the fans, to score five goals in front of our home crowd. Now we need to take that same standard of play with us when we go on the road for the final games of the regular season. Earning three points with today’s win was big for us, we hope to keep picking up points over the next two weekends.”

The Rebels took control of the game quickly, scoring the afternoon’s first goal in the 10th minute, following a foul on the Huskies that set up a free kick from 35 yards out. Julian Portugal took the kick, and send the ball to the top of the box, where Jason Khamvongsa would jump up and head the ball to the far right post, giving UNLV the 1-0 lead on his first score of the year. The advantage grew to 2-0 in the 17th minute, when Aaron Goo sent a shot pass ahead to Rivas, who would outrace the defenders and a charging goalkeeper to the ball before sending in a shot from 15 yards out for the score.

With the first half winding down, Salvador Bernal came up with the highlight of the game, as a high pass was sent over to him just five yards outside the goal. Forced to turn his back to the goal to stop the ball, when as the ball came back up after hitting the ground, Bernal was left with no other option but a bicycle kick. He pulled that off to perfection, as the ball was blasted through goalkeeper Kevin Suarez to the back of the goal for the score. That put UNLV up by a 3-0 margin in the 42nd minute. UNLV’s shutout was snapped in the final seconds of the first half though, when Patrick Toh tapped in a cross from Kristopher Tyrpak with just 18 seconds to play before halftime.

The Rebels made sure there would be no comeback in the second half, adding a pair of goals to their total. The first came on a pass from Rivas to Rodrigo Fuentes, who scored his team-high sixth goal of the year in the 58th minute to put UNLV up 4-1. The final score came in the 80th minute, after freshman Kevin Partida was taken out in the box by Suarez, earning a penalty kick. Rivas would take the kick, and sent a low blast to the right side through Suarez for the goal, his second of the day, and that put UNLV up 5-1. The game ended with Houston Baptist’s second score of the day, and again it was tapping in a shot from close range after a cross from Tyrpak, with Kyle Berbison scoring the goal this time in the 90th minute.

UNLV finished the game with a 20-17 edge on shots, and 9-6 on shots on goal. Corner kicks were 6-3 in favor of UNLV as well. Vitale made four saves in goal for UNLV as he made the start on his Senior Day, while Suarez finished with four saves as well for the Huskies.

The Rebels will close out the regular season with three games on the road, beginning with a Friday, Nov. 1 contest at Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., starting at 4 pm (PT).

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Take Down Preseason WAC Favorite Bakersfield 2-0



Rebels post first shutout in almost a year 

UNLV scored once in each half and posted its first shutout in almost a year on the way to a 2-0 victory over preseason favorite Bakersfield in the WAC men’s soccer opener for both teams on Sunday afternoon at Peter Johann Field. The Rebels improved to 3-6 overall, 1-0 in league play with the win, which broke a five-game losing streak to the Roadrunners (2-6-1, 0-1 WAC).

“It was great to start out the conference with a win, and it’s also the first time we’ve beaten Bakersfield since I’ve been here, so we’re feeling pretty good right now,” said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson.

The game-winner was provided by sophomore defender Jason Khamvongsa with his first career goal. It came following a foul on Bakersfield, which set up a free kick for the Rebels. Julian Portugal took the kick, and sent it high into the box where Khamvongsa leaped up and headed it to the far back right corner for the score in the 24th minute. UNLV would take a 1-0 advantage off the goal, and take that lead into halftime as the Rebels held a 9-4 edge on shots in the half.

The second half saw UNLV with just a 6-5 edge on shots, but that was still good enough for another goal, while two more scores were called off due to an offsides call. The Rebels’ second goal came in the 67th minute, when Carlos Lara sent a through ball that Salvador Bernal outraced the defenders to, and found himself alone against CSUB goalkeeper Anthony Perez. Perez’s charge out of the goal caused Bernal to stumble at first, but he managed to keep upright, catch back up to the ball and send in a shot from close range for the score, his first of the year.

UNLV finished the afternoon with a 15-9 edge on shots, 7-5 on shots on goal. Bakersfield did finish with the advantage on corner kicks, 7-3. Junior Ryan Harding posted five saves in the net for UNLV, including an impressive leaping save to stop a blast from the Roadrunners in the 82nd minute. That helped seal the first shutout for UNLV since a 3-0 win over Seattle on Oct. 12, 2012, and was the second in Harding’s career. Perez finished the day with five saves for CSUB.

The Rebels return to action on Friday, Oct. 11, with a conference road game at Seattle starting at 7 pm.

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Open WAC Play On Sunday Against Bakersfield



Rebels host Roadrunners in early season showdown

UNLV begins its first men’s soccer season in the WAC since 1998 by hosting Bakersfield in the league opener for both squads on Sunday at 1 pm at Peter Johann Field. Though both teams hoped for better non-conference results, the two teams appear to be the top challengers in the West division, giving Sunday’s winner an early leg up in the division race.
        The game will be shown live by the Mountain West Network on UNLVRebels.com, thanks to the UNLV-TV student-run production.

UNLV vs. Bakersfield (Sunday, 7 pm)
Live video – None
Live stats  – Gametracker 

UNLV Weekly Soccer Release

All About The Rebels
        There’s no doubt that UNLV has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, as its six losses have come against teams that are currently 37-10-5 overall. That includes two losses to a pair of top-25 squads, No. 6 Cal State Northridge and No. 7 UMBC.        
        The top returning player for the Rebels this year is junior Las Vegas native Salvador Bernal, the top returning scorer from any team in the conference, and an all-region pick in 2012. Sophomore midfielder Rodrigo Fuentes is currently first in the WAC in points while senior forward Joaquin Rivas is tied for fifth overall in points, and Bernal is tied for second with three assists. In goal is junior Ryan Harding, who is seeing action for the first time since 2011 after undergoing successful chemotherapy treatments.        

Scouting Bakersfield
        The Roadrunners bring a 2-5-1 mark into Sunday’s game, and like the Rebels have not won since Sept. 8, but all five of the team’s losses have been by two or more goals, and the team has not found the back of the net since Sept. 19. Sunday’s game will also be the seventh away game in the first nine games for the squad.
        Eduardo Calzada is the team’s top scorer this season with eight points off four goals. David Velazquez is next with a pair of goals for five points. In the net is Anthony Perez, who holds a 2.22 GAA with 21 saves and two shutouts this season.

Next Time Out
        The Rebels will play a pair of league games on the road, starting with a Friday, Oct. 11 contest at Seattle starting at 7 pm. That will be followed by a Sunday, Oct. 13 game at San Jose State at 2:30 pm.

UNLV MEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Selected Third In WAC Preseason Poll



Rebels are playing in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time since 1998

UNLV was selected to finish in third place in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference men’s soccer preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday by the league office. Junior midfielder Julian Portugal was also selected to the preseason all-conference team.

UNLV is one of six teams that have made the move from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to the WAC this year, and four of those teams take up the top four spots in the poll. CSU Bakersfield was predicted to win the league title with 47 points and five first place votes, while Air Force received first place votes, and 43 total points to place second. UNLV was third with 30, just ahead of San Jose State with 29. UMKC was fifth with 26, Seattle sixth with 19, Grand Canyon seventh with 18, and Houston Baptist was eighth with 12.

The Rebels, under fourth-year head coach Rich Ryerson, bring back seven players from last year’s squad that finished in sixth place in the MPSF and reached the conference tournament. In addition to Portugal, who was third on the team last year with 11 points, the Rebels also feature junior forward Salvador Bernal, an all-region selection last year and the top returning scorer of any player in the league after posting eight goals and 21 points in 2012.

UNLV opens its season with a pair of road games, starting on Friday, Aug. 30 at Delaware at 4 pm (PT), followed by a Sunday, Sept. 1 contest at UMBC at 10 am (PT).

2013 WAC Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll

Place        Team (1st place votes)        Votes
1.            Bakersfield (5)                   47
2.            Air Force (2)                                 43
3.            UNLV                                           30
4.            San Jose State                              29
5.            Kansas City                                  26
6.            Seattle U                                      19
7.            Grand Canyon (1)                          18
8.            Houston Baptist                            12

UNLV MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebel Men’s Swim Program Moving To The WAC In 2013-14




Rebels will be joining their third conference in the last four years

The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team is pleased to announce that the Rebels are making the move from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to the Western Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013-14 season, as the WAC announced on Thursday that it would be adding the sport of men’s swimming to the conference.

UNLV spent the past two seasons in the MPSF after the Mountain West discontinued sponsorship of the sport, and were the MPSF champions this past season, the eighth overall conference championship in the last nine years for the Rebels. Looking to find a situation in which the Rebels would not be forced to split coaching staffs during the conference championship meet season, the move to the WAC offers that benefit for not only UNLV but also Air Force and Wyoming, which are joining the Rebels in making the switch. The 2014 championship meet for the WAC will be held on Feb. 26-March 1 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas, exactly one week after the Mountain West Women’s Swimming Championships will be held at the same site.

“We’re excited to be moving to a new conference for our men’s program, especially in terms of talking about the conference championship meet, with Palo Alto being a fast and outstanding venue,” said UNLV Head Men’s Swimming Coach Jim Reitz. “It’s also important to our program to have our men’s league meet in the same location as our women, while the competition we’ll face will be at least equal if not better then the past two seasons. I’m also happy to have Air Force and Wyoming make the move with us. They have been competitive rivals for our team since the beginning of the MW, and I’m glad to see that continue into the WAC.”

Next year’s WAC membership includes three full-time members that sponsor men’s swimming and diving; CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon and Seattle. Joining these schools will be affiliate members Air Force, UNLV, North Dakota and Wyoming giving the WAC seven teams in 2013-14. North Dakota is already a women’s swimming and diving affiliate member.

“We are excited about the reinstatement of men’s swimming and diving to the Western Athletic Conference,” said Jeff Hurd, WAC Interim Commissioner. “We look forward to one of our original sports returning to the WAC and watching these teams work toward winning a conference championship.”

This will be the second time that the WAC has sponsored men’s swimming and diving as the sport was part of the conference from its inaugural 1962-63 season through 1999-2000. Three of the programs joining the WAC this upcoming year competed previously in the conference. Wyoming was an original member during all but one of those years while Air Force was added in 1980 and UNLV joined in 1996.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Play At Nevada, Reno In Governor’s Series Matchup



Lady Rebels have won four straight against the Wolf Pack

Wednesday’s game between the UNLV Lady Rebels and Nevada, Reno is not only the first between the schools as conference rivals since the 1995-96 season when both teams were in the WAC, it’s also the first women’s basketball matchup as part of the Governor’s Series, presented by NV Energy, that was established on Oct. 8, 2012. The contest will tip-off at 6:30 pm in Lawlor Events Center, and the UNLV radio broadcast for the game by Adam Candee can be heard on KSHP 1400 AM as well as off a link from UNLVRebels.com. There will also be a link provided on UNLVRebels.com to the free web stream of the game.

The series between the two in-state rivals has been dominated by UNLV by a 26-6 margin. Head coach Kathy Olivier, a former All-American for the Lady Rebels, knows just how important the rivalry is for UNLV, and is a perfect 4-0 against the Wolf Pack, 2-0 in both Las Vegas and in Reno.

Full UNLV game notes at Nevada, Reno

GAME 20 – Wednesday, January 30 • 6:30 pm

UNLV (6-13, 2-3 MW)
Head coach: Kathy Olivier (66-79, 5th year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Kelli Thompson (17.4 ppg)

Nevada, Reno (6-12, 1-4 MW)
Head coach: Jane Albright (70-76, 5th year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Chanelle Brennan (14.5 ppg)

Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.
TV: Live webcast at UNLVRebels.com
Radio: KSHP 1400 AM (Adam Candee)/UNLVRebels.com
Live Stats: Gametracker