MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 18 West Virginia University men’s soccer team will have its final regular season home match against Providence on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Soccer Channel and has been designated as Senior Day.
Dean Linke will handle play-by-play, Keith Tabatznik the color commentary and Charlie Slagle commentating on the sideline. Fox Soccer Channel is on Comcast (channel 124), DirecTV (channel 619) and Dish Network (channel 149).
Prior to the start of the match seniors Nick Claudio, Matt Drake, Raymon Gaddis, Ruben Garrido, Franck Tayou, Uzi Tayou and Yale Tiley will be recognized for their efforts. Former players and current student assistants Declan Coll, Connor Gorman and Adam Mills will also be honored.
The Mountaineers enter the contest owning an 8-5-1 overall mark, including a 4-2-0 record in the BIG EAST. Last time out on Oct. 18, WVU produced arguably its biggest win in program history with 2-0 win over Connecticut. Shadow Sebele and Eric Schoenle each scored for the Mountaineers in propelling them to victory.
“Any game that you put a lot of effort into to always has the fear of there being a letdown,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “It’s something that we have to be mature about and manage. The hopes are is that this team has learned something from big victories in the past and being able to find that energy to come back for the next game.”
Offensively, WVU is led by Sebele and forward Andy Bevin, who have 19 and 14 points, respectively, through 14 games. Both players have tallied six goals, while Sebele’s seven assists currently lead the BIG EAST. Bevin has two assists to go along with his goals.
In between the posts, Holmes has started 10 matches, playing 920 minutes in goal. He has allowed eight goals, while making 27 saves for a 0.78 goals-against average. Holmes also has five shutouts.
Providence is 8-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in BIG EAST play, winning its last two matches against Seton Hall (6-1) and Pitt (1-0). The Friars are out-scoring their opponents 20-14, however they give up more shots (147-151) than they take.
“They’re always organized and know how to grind out results,” LeBlanc says. “They started a little slow, but have been on fire over the last few weeks. They can hurt you in a number of different ways and they’re a team that learned how to win last year. They had a nice run into the NCAA Tournament and were the hottest team going into the tournament.”
Offensively, Marcos Ugarte leads the team with 13 points (5 g, 3 a). He has registered 21 shots, 12 on-goal. Greg Davis also has five goals to go along with two assists, while Marc Cintron leads the team with four assists. Wilder Arboleda and Keith Jecewiz each have three goals.
In between the posts, Jhojan Obando has played in 14 contests with an 8-5-0 record. He has allowed 14 goals and has made 43 stops, for a .754 save percentage and goals-against average of 1.00. Obando owns six clean sheets this season.
Chaka Daley is in his 12th season at the helm of the Providence and has led the Friars to NCAA Tournament appearances four times in the last six years. Providence has also reached the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals the past two seasons.
WVU is 8-7-0 all-time against the Friars, including a 5-2 mark at home. The Mountaineers however, have lost the previous three matches by scores of 1-0.