Men’s Soccer creates early lead to beat Chicago State

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Kai Lange moving the ball up the field past a Chicago State defender in UNLV's home game on Sunday. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

UNLV’s offense and defense shined as men’s soccer defeated the Chicago State Cougars Sunday afternoon 2-1. 

Within the first six minutes, Rebel’s Jesus Partida was awarded a penalty kick that resulted in his first goal of the season and the game. Less than two minutes later, Chicago State’s Enrique Zamora would answer back to tie the game 1-1.

Less than nine minutes later, UNLV’s Skyler Goo would score the second and final goal for UNLV assisted by Gabriel Claudio and Marco Gonzalez, putting them up 2-1. 

The Cougars’ offense would struggle against UNLV’s defense the entire game, only being able to kick four shots (three on goal). Rebel’s goalkeeper Miguel Duenas Jr. was a big part of the Rebel’s defensive success as he tied his season-high of two saves. 

The Rebel’s offense controlled the majority of the game which resulted in them rallying up thirteen shots (six on goal). 

After Sunday’s victory, UNLV evened up it’s season record, now sitting at 6-6 overall and improving their league play record to 2-3. The Rebel’s will take their two game win streak from this past weekend with them on their three game road trip before finishing out their season at home. 

Men’s soccer now heads to Utah to face the Utah Valley Wolverines on Oct. 16. Catch the game on ESPN+ at 6 p.m.

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