SHORTHANDED UNLV MEN’S SOCCER SUFFERS 2-1 DOUBLE OVERTIME HEARTBREAKER AT SEATTLE
Rebels fall on golden goal in final minutes of the second overtime
A shorthanded UNLV squad was just 76 seconds away from escaping with a road tie, until Seattle scored a golden goal in the 109th minute to claim a 2-1 victory over the Rebels in WAC men’s soccer action on Friday night at Championship Field. The Rebels dropped to 3-7, 1-1 in league play with the loss, while Seattle improved to 3-8-1, 2-0 in the conference.
“I’m very proud of the way out guys battled tonight, having to play down a man from the 26th minute until the end,” said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson. “You would never had known we were the team down a player unless you counted, the way we played tonight. Fortunately we get to play them again next Friday at home.”
The Rebels had to play a man down for the majority of the night after Bradley Kamdem was given a red card in the 26th minute. Despite playing shorthanded, the Rebels still managed to come up with the first score of the night, when junior Salvador Bernal posted his second goal of the season in the 51st minute. Bernal scored off an assist from Julian Portugal on a cross from the right side, that Bernal then shot down the middle of the goal for the score.
Seattle finished the night with a 20-12 edge on shots, though it was only a 13-11 margin in regulation. Shots on goal were even at nine apiece. Ryan Harding posted seven saves in goal for the Rebels, while Redhawk goalkeeper Jake Feener was credited with eight. Corner kicks were in favor of UNLV by a 3-2 margin.
The Rebels stay on the road for their next contest, at division rival San Jose State on Sunday with a 2:30 pm start.