Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer: WVU Falls to Georgetown

By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 24, 2009


  Uwem Etuk

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Freshman Uwem Etuk scored his second career goal to give the 20th-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team a 1-0 lead, but Georgetown tallied two goals in the final 15 minutes of the match to beat WVU, 2-1, on a windy Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Georgetown (9-6-1, 6-4-0 BIG EAST) snapped WVU’s nine-match unbeaten streak, as the Mountaineers fall to 6-3-6 overall and 5-2-2 in league action.

“I’m disappointed that we allowed them to come back and win,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says, “but we had some chances to put the game away.

“I said to the guys when Travis (Pittman) was down on the ground, ‘Stay disciplined, keep your composure and stay focused.’ We didn’t. We allowed two counter attack goals. I didn’t like the way we played in the entire second half. We came out a little too defensive.”

WVU’s scoring opportunities started early in the first half.

Less than 15 minutes into the contest, senior Ryan Gillespie sent a cross from the back line that traveled in front of the net, right around the six-yard box. Freshman Abel “Shadow” Sebele attempted a header, but was unable to connect, and the ball skidded out of play.

Five minutes later, Etuk dribbled the ball from approximately 35 yards out to the half-circle. The Herndon, Va., native collected the ball and sent a left-footed blast toward the far post, but missed narrowly.

Etuk, however, made good on his next opportunity. Sebele had the ball at his feet just outside the 18-yard box on the near side of the field. He laced a cross toward the back post, where Etuk was by himself, and Etuk headed the ball past GU goalkeeper Mark Wilber for the score in the 26th minute. Sebele and Pittman earned assists on the play.

The Mountaineers finished the opening half ahead 1-0, holding a 9-3 advantage in shots.

Despite great defensive efforts in the second half, Georgetown was able to come up with the game-tying goal in the 77th minute. After the ball deflected off a WVU defender, Georgetown’s Chandler Diggs dribbled the ball in from the near post and sent a shot toward the back post, beating redshirt junior Zach Johnson for the score.

Following a yellow card on Georgetown’s Len Coleman in the 85th minute, Pittman nearly returned the lead to WVU. On a quick restart, Pittman laced a bending shot toward the far post from approximately 25 yards out, but GU’s Wilber was able to get his hands on it for the save.

In the 88th minute, Scott Larrabee recorded the game-winning goal. After receiving a ball over the top from Jose Calchao, Larrabee chested the ball and beat Johnson far post for the 2-1 lead. Calchao earned an assist on the score.

Etuk finished the match with four shots, tying GU’s Larrabee for a game high. Sebele and Pittman totaled three shots in the loss.

The Mountaineers were without senior Jason Bristol, and sophomore Raymon Gaddis only played 24 minutes in the match.

“That game mid-week against Ohio State took its toll. I'm not really sure when they'll both be healthy enough to be back in the lineup,” LeBlanc says of Bristol and Gaddis. They got some pretty good knocks and it's going to take some time to heal.”

The Mountaineers will play their final home match on Wednesday, Oct. 28, against Providence on “Senior Night”. The contest, which also has been tabbed “Dollar Night,” with all tickets and select concessions available for just one dollar each, will begin at 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.