Oct. 26, 2012
Mike Mota scored the game-tying and game-winning goal Friday night to lead the UNLV men's soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory over Air Force at Johann Memorial Field in Las Vegas, Nev. With the loss, Air Force falls out of first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mountain Division, two points behind 10th-ranked New Mexico, which beat San Jose State 1-0 Friday. The Falcons fell to 8-7-2 overall and 5-1-2 in the MPSF, while UNLV improved to 6-11-1 and 4-4.
After a scoreless first half, the Falcons got on the board first when senior Kevin Durr scored his team-high fourth goal of the season in the 47th minute by curling a long free kick just inside the far post past Rebel goalie Joe Vitale. UNLV's Salvador Bernal evened the game at 1-all in the 62nd minute after taking a pass from teammate Jonny Espinoza and placing a shot past Air Force keeper Matt Underwood.
Air Force stole the lead right back just less than three minutes later (64:02) when senior Zane Dydasco scored his second goal in as many games by redirecting a crossing pass from fellow senior Jake Jones past Vitale. That lead was short-lived, however, as Mota tied the game exactly three minutes later with a free kick of his own that found the back of the net.
Mota then won it 2:37 into the first overtime period with another free kick that snuck inside the right post just past the outstretched arms of Underwood. The Rebels outshot Air Force 17-6 in total shots and 9-4 in shots on goal.
The Falcons will play at CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.