Men's Soccer: WVU Falls to Providence in OT
By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 28, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell to Providence, 1-0, in overtime on a cool, rainy Wednesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Less than three minutes into overtime, Providence’s Marc Cintron headed the ball to teammate Matt Marcin. After collecting the ball, Marcin sent a pass back to Cintron, who made a run toward WVU’s 18-yard box with the ball. Timothy Ritter, charging from the far side of the field, received the pass and beat WVU’s Zach Johnson – who was closing in on the ball – near post for the score.
Providence improves to 7-6-3 overall and 4-4-2 in BIG EAST action, while WVU falls to 6-4-6, 5-3-2, respectively.
“There were times when we were just turning the ball over uncontested,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “From my standpoint, my disappointment is biggest in terms of our effort and technical ability on the field tonight. It was a slick field for both teams. We didn't do a good job keeping the ball and knocking it around.”
Although the match was scoreless for the first 90 minutes, both teams had their share of scoring opportunities.
At the 31:50 mark, the Mountaineers were threatening. Freshman Moeryhan “Peabo” Doue, with a defender marking him, sent a cross from the far side of the field toward the back post, in the area of classmate Abel “Shadow” Sebele. The freshman had a defender on him and the goalkeeper coming off his line, but Sebele jumped ahead of the ball and missed the header attempt.
Less than five minutes after the halftime break, junior Dan Hagey brought the ball down the near side of the field toward the back line. With only the option to pass, Hagey sent a cross from the back line, which traveled in front of the net and passed Providence goalkeeper Timothy Murray. Freshman Travis Pittman was charging toward the ball from the far side of the field and made a diving header attempt, but could not connect, as the ball traveled away from the Friars’ goal.
One of WVU’s best opportunities came in the 63rd minute, when a Providence player was whistled for obstruction. The Mountaineers were awarded a direct kick in the box from 12 yards out. Pittman lined up and sent a chip shot that beamed off the crossbar and sailed out of play.
Arguably the Mountaineers’ best scoring chance came in the 73rd minute. Doue sent a cross from the back line, which was deflected toward the top of the 18-yard box by PC’s Murray, and the ball went right toward sophomore Alex Silva. The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, native unleashed a shot on goal, but a Friar defender was there to make the stop and send it out of Providence territory.
“I think Silva needed to show a little more composure in front of the goal,” LeBlanc adds. “He had time to bring it down and slot it home. It's typical of the way our season has gone so far. When you depend on five freshmen to carry you, it's essentially a significant lack of experience in front of the goal and on the attack.”
Pittman led the team with three shots, while Silva totaled two in 78 minutes off the bench.
Collectively, the Mountaineers outshot Providence, 11-9, and held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Prior to the match, seniors Jason Bristol, Kyle West, Gift Maworere and Ryan Gillespie were honored on "Senior Night."
WVU returns to action for its final regular-season contest on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Seton Hall. Kickoff at Owen T. Carroll Field is set for 7 p.m.