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UNLV soccer wins WAC tourney, earns first NCAA berth since 1988

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Forward Danny Musovski heads a ball past goaltender Ryan Harding during UNLV soccer practice at UNLV Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

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UNLV soccer player Julien Dragomir warms up during practice at UNLV Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV men’s soccer team will play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988 after winning the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship today in a shootout against Cal-State Bakersfield to earn an automatic berth.

UNLV didn’t miss in the shootout with Kevin Partida, Danny Musovski, Bradley Kamdem and Sebastian Hernandez converting penalty kicks. Bakersfield missed two of its four attempts, giving UNLV the 4-2 shootout win.

The score was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime. UNLV’s Corey Ackley scored on an assist from Musovski in the 15th minute for the Rebels’ goal. Bakersfield evened the score in the 70th minute.

Friday, the Rebels beat the University of Missouri-Kansas City 3-0 in the semifinals to advance to the league title game. It was the first time since 1984 the Rebels reached their conference championship game.

The Rebels (15-4-2) also won the regular season WAC title.

The NCAA Tournament bracket will be released Monday.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 702-990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21

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