UNLV MEN’S SOCCER CLAIMS 1-0 SHUTOUT VICTORY OVER HOUSTON BAPTIST
Rebels’ three-game unbeaten streak moves them to third in the WAC
UNLV moved its unbeaten streak to three games with another stellar defensive performance, while junior Gabriel Claudio’s first career Division I goal lifted the Rebels to a 1-0 shutout victory over Houston Baptist Friday night in WAC men’s soccer action from Johann Memorial FIeld. With the win, UNLV has moved into third place in the WAC standings at 1-1-2 for five points.
REBEL DEFENSE: The Rebels’ defense was again the star Friday night, as they have allowed just one total goal over the past three games, the first such stretch since the 2015 season. Not only did UNLV only allow nine total shots in the game, only three of those shots were on goal. All three were saved by sophomore Miguel Duenas Jr., as the Las Vegas native picked up his second career shutout in just his third career collegiate appearance.
WINNING SCORE: UNLV was held out of the scoring column until the 72nd minute, when Bailey Letherman sent a free kick from the right side to the far post, wherel Claudio leaped up and headed in a hard shot to the top right corner. It was Claudio’s first career goal as a Rebel, and marked the game-winner as well.
* – The last time UNLV allowed only one goal in a three-game stretch was in the beginning of the 2015 campaign, as UNLV posted 2-0 wins over Pacific and Marcer before topping Bradley 4-1.
* – UNLV finished with a 15-9 edge on shots, though only four were on goal.
* – Letherman now has all three assists of the season for UNLV, while his leads the team in scoring with five total points.
NEXT TIME OUT: UNLV will be on the road at current conference leader UTRGV in a Saturday, March 13 contest at 10 am in Edinburg, Texas.