Men's Soccer: WVU Finishes in Draw at Pitt
By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 6, 2009
INDIANOLA, Pa. – The No. 25-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team finished in a scoreless double-overtime draw with Pitt on Tuesday night at Founders Field.
“We're disappointed to only pick up a point on the road,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “I think most times you're happy to pick up a point on the road, but tonight we're disappointed because at the end of the day, we had 32 opportunities on-goal - 18 shots and 14 corner kicks. We didn't get the one that we needed.”
The Mountaineers (5-2-3, 4-1-1 BIG EAST) set the tempo for the match, out-shooting Pitt, 18-6 – the 18 shots are a season-high for WVU.
Freshman Abel “Shadow” Sebele led the team with four shots, one on-goal.
The Mountaineers had multiple scoring opportunities, their best coming with 2:24 remaining in the first overtime session.
Sebele and freshman Moeryhan “Peabo” Doue were on an attack with only a pair of defenders to beat. Sebele slid the ball through the defenders and Doue sprinted to the ball, beating both Pitt players. The Panthers’ goalkeeper, Keegan Gunderson, came off his line to challenge, but Doue was able to get off a shot that sailed over the net.
“You look at the bright side and it's that we created 32 scoring opportunities and were significantly the better team,” LeBlanc adds. “This is a tough place to be able to come and play, but you have to give Pitt’ goalkeeper credit for having an outstanding game.”
One of WVU’s first true opportunities came in the second half on one of the Mountaineers’ season-high 14 corner kicks.
Less than a minute into the second period, Sebele directed a corner kick from the near side of the field to the back post. Freshman Eric Schoenle made a diving attempt at a header that sailed just wide of the net.
With a little more than 23 minutes remaining in regulation, the Mountaineers had another close call on an attack. From nearly 30 yards out, freshman Travis Pittman gathered the ball and blasted a shot that pinged off the post and carried out of play.
WVU’s defense, as it has all season, was extremely stingy. Pitt (1-9-1, 1-5-1 BE) did not get its first shot off until the 47th minute of the contest.
The Mountaineers out-shot the Panthers, 9-0, in the first half and held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Freshmen Uwem Etuk and Doue led the team in the first half with two shots apiece. Four other WVU players also tallied a shot in the opening half.
The Mountaineers then continue league play on Friday, Oct. 9, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium as part of a men’s and women’s soccer double-header, presented by EZToUseBigBook.com. WVU plays host to No. 13-ranked Connecticut at 8 p.m., and the contest will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. Friday night is “Dollar Night,” as all tickets and select concessions are just one dollar each.