Men's Soccer: WVU Ties Appalachian State
By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
September 13, 2009
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team played Appalachian State to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Sunday afternoon in both teams’ second and final match of the UNC Wilmington Tournament at UNCW Soccer Stadium.
WVU (1-1-2) recorded the first goal of the afternoon only 7:12 into the contest. Freshman Moeryhan “Peabo” Doue was tripped inside the Appalachian State 18-yard box and the referee whistled a penalty kick for WVU. Sophomore Alex Silva took the shot and sent on the ground toward the left post, beating goalkeeper Collin Taylor for the score.
Appalachian State (2-2-1), however, answered back with 16 minutes remaining in the first half. On a corner kick, J.J. Elder collected the ball on a scramble just 10 yards away from the net and sent one past goalkeeper Zach Johnson to tie the game at one apiece.
WVU, however, would charge back down the field and had the opportunity to take the lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Freshman Travis Pittman directed a corner kick into the Appalachian State box and senior Jason Bristol, who was able to out-jump the defense, sent a header just wide of the back post, which would have given WVU the lead.
Moments later, senior Gift Maworere had the ball no more than 10 yards away from the net before he was dragged down by an Appalachian State defender. However, the official, who believed Maworere took a dive, handed the senior a yellow card.
In the second half, WVU’s Johnson made an amazing save with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in regulation to preserve the 1-1 tie. After receiving a cross into WVU’s box, J.T. Goodrum sent a hard-struck header toward the net. Yet, Johnson reacted instantly and was able to punch the ball over the goal and deny Appalachian State.
WVU’s best chance before the conclusion of the match came at the 84th minute. After an Appalachian State foul, freshman Abel “Shadow” Sebele directed a free kick into the box – toward the back post – and freshman Eric Schoenle dove toward the ball and sent a header just outside of the post.
Maworere, who recorded a shot in the match, earned his 63rd career start and is now tied for eighth place all-time in the WVU annals for career starts.
Pittman tallied a team-high two shots for the Mountaineers, as WVU out-shot Appalachian State, 8-7.
WVU will return to the pitch on Sept. 18 and open BIG EAST play at Louisville. Kickoff at Cardinal Park is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.