Men's Soccer: WVU Falls to No. 16/13 Louisville
By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
September 18, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell 2-0 to No. 16/13-ranked Louisville on Friday night at Cardinal Park in the Mountaineers’ BIG EAST opener. WVU falls to 1-2-2 overall, 0-1-0 in league play, while the Cardinals improve to 4-0-1 and 1-0-0, respectively.
The Mountaineers opened the match aggressively with a chance to put the first tally on the scoreboard just 8:28 into the contest. Freshman Abel “Shadow” Sebele, from the far side of the field, sent a cross into the box toward the back post, on target for freshman Uwem Etuk. Louisville goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux, however, intercepted the pass before it reached Etuk, ending the Mountaineers’ scoring opportunity.
On a Louisville attack three minutes later, Freddie Braun nailed a cross to Mark Knight, who was at the top of the half circle. After settling the ball, Knight ripped a shot toward the right post, beating WVU goalkeeper Zach Johnson for the score. Braun was credited with an assist.
“I think the first goal had us chasing the game,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “You give up an early goal and it really changes the dynamic of the game. With that being said, we had two shots off the crossbar, Jason Bristol had a couple of headers right in front of the net that we don't execute and all of a sudden we're still chasing the game in the second half.”
The Mountaineers, however, were persistent on the attack, with two more close calls.
At the 31:55 mark, freshman Travis Pittman laced a corner kick to the front of the net, near the six-yard box, and senior Jason Bristol connected on a strong header that just sailed over the goal.
Two minutes later, freshman Moeryhan “Peabo” Doue received a cross on the near side of the field, near the side of the 18-yard box. Doue laced a shot on the ground that beat Boudreaux, but was saved by a Louisville defender.
Louisville tacked on its second and final goal of the match in the second half at the 66-minute mark. After receiving a long ball from Paolo DelPiccolo, Gerardo Chavez tried dribbling past WVU’s Johnson, only to be stuffed, but Chavez regained the loose ball and knocked the ball into the open net for the score.
Six different Mountaineers registered a shot in the contest, including Bristol and Sebele, who led the Mountaineers with two shots apiece.
The Mountaineers return to the road tomorrow to head north to Cincinnati, Ohio, for their second-straight BIG EAST match as WVU faces Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 20. Kickoff at Gettler Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.