MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Riding a four-match unbeaten streak, the No. 21 West Virginia University men’s soccer team will play a non-conference match at Duquesne on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. The match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
“They’re going to bring an unbelievably strong fighting spirit,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “They’ve won some games already this year, they’ve played some tough games and they played Michigan State last week and have grinded out a number of results. Wednesday is going to be a difficult test.”
The Mountaineers (5-2-0, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) won their last match on Sept. 24, defeating DePaul, 5-0, in their BIG EAST opener. Freshmen Julio Arjona, sophomores Peabo Doue and Shadow Sebele and juniors Matt Drake and Franck Tayou all scored for the Mountaineers. Redshirt senior Zach Johnson preserved the shutout, which gives him two this season, leaving him only four away from tying Nick Noble for the career shutouts leader with 37. Offensively, the Mountaineers are led by Doue with his five goals and two assists. Doue is also tied for the BIG EAST lead in goals. Franck Tayou has three goals and Drake has two. Sebele and sophomore Uwem Etuk each have four assists to lead the team. Eleven different Mountaineers have recorded at least a point this season.
The Mountaineers are 4-1-1 all-time against the Dukes. The last meeting was in 2008 when Duquesne came to Morgantown with the game ending in a scoreless draw.
Duquesne enters the match with a 4-3-0 overall record and has yet to play any conference games. The Dukes had lost two straight games, but was able to beat Belmont in overtime on Sept. 25, to get back into the win column. Duquesne won on a successful penalty kick from Cory Bachstein only 3:11 into the first overtime.
Simon Gomez leads the Dukes with five goals and one assist, while Stefan Lundberg has three goals and two assists. Chris Torres has played every minute in goal and has made 20 saves, while allowing 10 goals this season.
“They have Gomez upfront who is scoring goals for them and Lundberg at midfield has been a very good player for them over the last four years,” LeBlanc said. “With a team like Duquesne, this is one of those games where they look to make their mark and get a feather in their cap.”
Duquesne is under the direction of coach Jake Ouimet, who is in his fifth season with the Dukes.