MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team used a second half offensive onslaught to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, on Friday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in front of 1,149 fans. The match was part of the BIG EAST Partner Weekend.
"The guys showed great character coming back. I hate to say it, but it looks like we're becoming a second half team," coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "It was a good result and a good performance, I thought we played well tonight."
Sophomore Peabo Doue led the charge netting two goals, while also having a cross go off a Titan defender’s back to put the game out of reach.
"It's always great to score goals, last year we didn't really have much of these games," Doue said. "We played a good game tonight especially in the second half."
Doue’s first goal came in the 54th minute when sophomore Shadow Sebele played a cross that Cal St. Fullerton goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon attempted to grab out of mid-air. Whiddon missed the ball that landed at the feet of WVU sophomore Uwem Etuk who was able to pass the ball to Doue who finished through a crowd of Titan players.
The game-winning goal occurred in the 72nd minute when freshman Jay Williams took a pass from sophomore Eric Schoenle. Williams dribbled the ball up the right side and towards the net before finding Doue who deflected the ball off of Whiddon and into the net for his second of the night.
The insurance goal in the 85th minute was setup by Doue who went to cross the ball to sophomore Sebele. The ball however, struck off a defender’s back and into the Titan goal.
"We did a good job at the end just keeping the ball. They were dead tired. We just needed to kill it off and we did," LeBlanc said. "It was good we got the third goal, it relieved all the of the pressure. Even as they started putting more numbers up, you typically see a team start to defend and we still had breakout chances."
The Mountaineers (3-2-0) finished the evening out-shooting Cal State Fullerton (0-3-2), 19-6, while also leading in the corner kick category, 10-2.
Doue led all players with seven shots, including five on goal. Sebele had five shots, while Franck Tayou finished with three. Michael Denny and Mario Alvarez each had three for the Titans.
WVU went into the locker room at the half down 1-0 after a goal from Cal State Fullerton’s Nick Posthuma. Posthuma scored the goal 26 minutes into the half off a cross from Antonio Vernaschi. Posthuma was able to head the ball past goalkeeper Zach Johnson for his and the team’s third goal of the season.
"The goal was against the run of play. It was a poor goal for us to give up," LeBlanc added. "We were really in control when they scored and I didn't think it was if we were going to score, it was when are we going to score."
The Mountaineers will be back in action as part of a “Dollar Day” tripleheader that begins with Cal St. Fullerton taking on Pitt at 11 a.m. on Sunday, followed by the West Virginia women hosting Virginia at 1 p.m. The WVU men will then close out the day at 3:30 p.m. against James Madison. All tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Cola products will be available for purchase for just one dollar.
A free WVU student shuttle bus service will be available from the Mountainlair and the Brooke/Braxton Towers loop from noon to 1 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday. Return service to both locations will also be available at the conclusion of each game.
Fans unable to attend the match can follow the Mountaineers at home all season long via Live Stats and a free webstream at MSNsportsNET.com.