FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2008
Men’s soccer opens 2008 season on Saturday with UNLV Rebel Classic
The dice will not be the only thing rolling this weekend in Las Vegas as the JU men’s soccer opens the 2008 season with the UNLV Rebel Classic at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Dolphins, who were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Sun preseason coaches’ poll, will open with host UNLV on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST. They wrap up the tournament on Monday, Sept. 1, against Western Illinois at 1:30 p.m. EST.

“We are excited to get the season started,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “This is a big trip for us to head out west. We are playing two teams that we have never played before and look forward to the competition. Hopefully, our team will come back home with two wins.”

JU enters the 2008 season returning nine starters from a year ago that posted an 11-7-2 overall record and a 7-2 tally in conference to win its first A-Sun regular-season championship.

Leading the charge for the Dolphins are seniors forward Sebastian Lindholm and defender Philip Meyner as well as sophomore goalkeeper Matt Gilman. Gilman earned second team all-conference honors as a freshman by recording 49 saves and four shutouts, while Lindholm and Meyner each finished second on the team in scoring.

The Rebels enter the Saturday contest with nine starters from the 2007 season, including senior forward Lamar Neagle and sophomore forward Daniel Cruz. Neagle finished third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with nine goals and two assists, while Cruz was named the MPSF “Newcomer of the Year” after posting four goals and four assists.

The Leathernecks begin their quest for a return to the NCAA tournament after snapping a three-year run last season by missing the Summit League tournament. Sophomore forward Martin Browne, Jr. leads a group of 14 returners into the 2008 season. Browne was first in scoring with nine points and finished second in assists with three.

Fans can follow the matches online through game tracker on unlvrebels.com.