SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2008
Men’s soccer falls in opener to UNLV, 2-0
Sophomore Daniel Cruz scored early into the match and in the final minutes to help the UNLV Rebels down the JU men’s soccer team, 2-0, on Saturday night in the UNLV Rebel Classic at Peter Johann Memorial Stadium.

The Dolphins (0-1-0) outshot the Rebels (1-0-0), 9-3, in the second half after only having three attempts in the first half.

“I saw some good and bad things tonight,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “I like how we fought back in the second half, but we were unable to connect our opportunities to get back into the match. We will have to regroup and fix our mistakes we had before the match on Monday.”

Less than two minutes into the match, Cruz scored on a header in the far left post on an assist from John Crawley to give the Rebels a 1-0 advantage.

The Dolphins made three shots on goal in the first six minutes of the season half, but all the shots were knocked down by Rebels’ senior goalie Hawk Mummey.

Mummey (1-0-0) would make two more saves on shots from sophomores Nurdin Hrustic and Tony Taylor to thwart off any comeback.

Cruz put the game away in the 80th minute by scoring on an empty net on just the Rebels’ third shot of the second half.

Junior midfielder Stefan Runeman had one last shot with two minutes remaining, but the attempt went high. Senior goalie Joey Sanchez (0-1-0) made two saves for JU in the loss. The Dolphins wrap up the classic on Monday, Sept. 1, against Western Illinois at 1:30 p.m. EST.