MEN'S SOCCER HOSTS UNLV SUNDAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team plays host to UNLV on Sunday for its final non-conference game of the 2012 season.
The Hornets (2-4-1) and Rebels (2-5-1) will meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Hornet. It is the only game of the weekend for Sacramento State while UNLV will play at San Diego State on Friday before heading North.
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SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Sacramento State is coming off a 2-1 heartbreaking home loss to San Jose State. Steven Sanchez scored with less than 90 seconds left to play to give the Spartans the one-goal win. It was a rare home loss for the Hornets, who have posted a 19-3-7 record at Hornet Field since the start of the 2009 season. This year, Sacramento State has lost three straight games after starting the season with a 2-1-1 mark. Sunday's game against UNLV will be the Hornets' third straight against a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation member. After a 20-year stint in the league, the Hornets left the MPSF to join the Big West Conference this season. Sacramento State opens up Big West play next weekend at UC Irvine and CSU Northridge. This season, Sacramento State has scored six goals on 87 shots while allowing 13 scores on 103 attempts. Senior midfielder Chris Sandoval and Gabe Silveira lead the Hornets with two goals while junior Isaac Ikyurav has a team-high two assists. Senior keeper Bryan Oliver has started every game other than the season-opener at Oregon State and has 31 saves to go with a 1.44 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
The Rebels split a pair of games at its UNLV Nike Invitational last weekend. The squad lost to Syracuse, 1-0, in the first game but rebounded with a 5-1 victory over Canisius. UNLV has played four Big West Conference foes in non-conference play this year and has a 1-3 record in those games. The Rebels' lone win in that stretch was a 3-1 victory in a home game versus CSU Northridge. UNLV lost, 1-0, to UC Davis to open the season and fell 2-1 in two overtimes to CSU Fullerton and 4-3 in another double overtime game against UC Riverside. As a team, UNLV has 14 goals on 98 shots while allowing 13 scores on 114 attempts. Nick Marshall leads the Rebels with four goals and he is tied with two others with a team-best three assists. Keeper Joe Vitale has played every minute of eight games this season with 29 saves and a 1.53 GAA.
LAST TIME OUT
Last year Sacramento State won on the road at UNLV, 2-0. Then-senior Adam Bettencourt scored just 27 seconds into the game and his cousin, Chris Bettencourt, also a senior last year, tacked on another score in the 72nd minute. Oliver started the game in net and made three saves in his third shutout of the season.
Sacramento State is 13-4-2 all-time against UNLV since the Hornets moved to Div. I in 1991. The Hornets first met the Rebels in 1994 and won big, 7-4. They proceeded to post a 10-2 mark in their first 12 games against the Rebels but it has been more competitive in recent years. Over the last seven meetings, the Hornets are 3-2-2 against their former conference foe.