Las Vegas, Nev. – Host UNLV ran its record to 5-0-0 as the Rebels scored midway through the first half and hung on to defeat 11th-ranked UMBC (3-1-1), 1-0, at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
UMBC's last setback in regulation occurred 32 contests ago, when they fell, 2-1, at Albany on Oct. 10, 2012.
The Rebels controlled the early stages of the game and forced UMBC red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Phil Breno (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) to come out and make an early save in the second minute of play.
UMBC's best opportunity occurred in the 16' when junior midfielder Malcolm Harris' (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) long-range shot from 25 yards just missed curling inside right post.
But the hosts took the lead in the 23', as diminutive midfielder Salvador Bernal scored his 6th goal of the year, flicking in a direct kick from 11 yards out inside the far right post.
UMBC would surge back and put pressure on the Rebels over the next ten minutes, but could not connect with its strikers and went to the break down by a score. The last time UMBC trailed at half was 33 matches ago on Oct. 6, 2012 when UNH led, 1-0. The game ended in 1-1 double overtime draw.
The Retrievers would tilt the field in their favor for most of the final 45 minutes, but continued to struggle to find senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo/Towson U.), as UMBC's prime target finished with just one shot.
UMBC would not relent and had its best chance to draw even with 90 seconds remaining. After a Rebel off-sides, Breno had a free kick from the midfield stripe and put the ball deep into the UNLV box. Netminder Ryan Harding came out and punched it away, but UMBC senior back Marquez Fernandez headed it towards goal, where it was headed away from the goal line by a UNLV defender.
The shots finished at eight apiece as Harris was credited with four of UMBC's eight attempts.
The win was UNLV's first in five attempts versus the Retrievers.
UNLV had scored 11 times in its last three games.
UMBC completes play in the UNLV Nike Invitational on Sunday, when they face Cal State-Fullerton (0-3-2). The Titans lost in the earlier contest, 2-1, to Detroit.