MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will face Marquette on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in the final home match of the regular season. The match has also been designated a “Dollar Night” and will begin at 7 p.m.
Through the promotion all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Cola products will be available for just one dollar. WVU students with be admitted free with a valid WVU ID.
“I’m hopeful our fans and students will come out in big numbers. We’re in an important stretch and we’ve been pretty good at home this season,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We’ve talked a lot about making Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium a fortress for our guys and for whatever reason our guys play really well under the spotlight of having a big crowd.”
WVU enters Wednesday with an 8-5-2 overall mark, including a 4-3-0 record in BIG EAST play. The conference mark puts them in fourth place in the Blue Division.
The Mountaineers won a thrilling overtime match against Seton Hall on Oct. 23, with a score of 3-2. After going down 2-1 in the 83rd minute, sophomore Eric Schoenle netted the game-tying goal in the 88th minute off a cross from senior Alex Silva. Only three minutes into overtime Schoenle struck again on header off a corner kick from Silva for his second game-winning goal of the season. Junior Ruben Garrido scored the Mountaineers first goal in the 43rd minute.
Sophomore Peabo Doue leads the team with five goals, while junior Franck Taoyu is right behind with four goals. Doue is also leading the team in points (13), while sophomore Shadow Sebele has six assists. Sebele also ranks first on the team in shots (45) and shots on-goal (17).
As a team, the Mountaineers are holding opponents to 10 shots per contest and a 0.101 shot percentage. Opposing teams have managed to score just 15 goals on WVU – a 0.95 goals per game average – and the Mountaineers are holding a 104-65 corner kicks advantage.
Senior goalkeeper Zach Johnson has started all 15 contests, owning a 0.95 goals-against average in 1,420 minutes, and making 43 saves. Johnson is only two shutouts away from tying Nick Noble for most shutouts in a career at WVU (37). Johnson is also 104 minutes from breaking the all-time minutes played record (7,156), also set by Noble.
Marquette comes to Morgantown with a 5-6-4 overall record, including a 2-3-2 mark in the BIG EAST, putting them fifth in the Blue Division.
“Not only are they better than previous years, they’re a really good team right now,” LeBlanc said. “It’s important to remember that they’ve only lost six times this year and with five draws, they could very easily be a ten win team. I’ve done a lot of studying the last 24 hours, they are a very good team and without a doubt they are going to pose a significant number of challenges.”
In their last game, the Golden Eagles fell to Georgetown, 6-2. Marquette scored only five minutes into the match on an own goal by the Hoyas, before giving up two before halftime. The excitement occurred between the 55th and 65th minutes when the teams combined for four goals.
Offensively, Calum Mallace leads the team in goals (5), assists (4), points (14), shots (60) and shots on-goal (22). Chris Madsen is second on the team in goals with three.
Collectively, Marquette’s opponents are outshooting them, 209-199. However, the Golden Eagles are leading their opponents in shots on-goal, 93-88, and corner kicks, 93-78.
David Check has played 14 games in goal with 18 goals against for a 1.21 goals-against average. Check has a 5-5-4 record and has made 60 saves while posting six shutouts.
Marquette is under the guidance of fifth-year coach Louis Bennett, who owns a 15-56-13 record with the program.