Sept. 15, 2006
Las Vegas, NV- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team opened the UNLV Rebel Classic with a 1-1 draw against host UNLV Friday night. The two teams scored first half goals and then were unable to find the back of the net the rest of the way. After the day, SMC moves to 2-2-3 on the season while UNLV improves to 0-4-2 on the year.
UNLV forward Lamar Neagle notched his second goal of the season and opened the scoring, as he took a pass from Ben Haugland and sent a shot to the far left post fora goal in the 24th minute.
Nearing the end of the first half, SMC would respond, thanks to a shot by David Blanchard. Senior forward Matthew Fitzgerald began the play with a cross into the box, that Blanchard then sent to the far right post for the tying goal in the 42nd minute.
Though both teams took four shots each in the first half, the Gaels dominated the second half, taking 11 shots while holding the Rebels to a none.
The Gaels last best chance came in the 90th minute when Fitzgerald blasted a shot from midfield that hit the goalpost before bouncing back outside.
The overtime draw marks the fourth time this season that the Gaels have played extra minutes.
SMC forward Carlos Diaz led the way with six shots putting two on goal. Fitzgerald added four shots and put one on frame. Nicholas Paterson drilled four of the Rebels' seven shots on the night.
Freshman goalkeeper Keenen Flynn earned a draw in his first ever collegiate appearance. In 110 minutes of play, the newcomer allowed one goal and tallied three saves.
The Gaels will return to action on Sunday, September 17 to close out the UNLV Rebel Classic against the UC Irvine Anteaters. Kickoff is scheduled for noon from Peter Johann Field.