By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
October 13, 2010 10:25 PM
|Ruben Garrido's reaction to his first goal of the season.
|All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University men’s soccer team used two second half goals to defeat Pitt, 2-0, Wednesday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The crowd of 1,470 was the sixth most to ever witness a men’s soccer game at the stadium.
“We got off a little sluggish, but that is my fault,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We did not have them ready to go before the game started, but they certainly they came out firing in the second half.”
West Virginia (7-3-2) spent most of the first half in the offensive zone, but was unable to muster any scoring opportunities despite out-shooting Pitt (5-5-2), 7-4.
The Mountaineers came out of the locker room with a lot more firepower in the second half and in the 64th minute junior Ruben Garrido scored his first goal of the season to give West Virginia the 1-0 lead. Junior Matt Drake gathered the ball in the defensive zone and played it to sophomore Peabo Doue who streaked up the left side of the field and into traffic. Doue finally spotted Garrido who buried a left-footed shot from 18 yards out.
Sophomore Shadow Sebele added an insurance goal in the 84th minute on a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Junior Raymon Gaddis played the ball out of the defensive zone to sophomore Uwem Etuk. Etuk brought the ball up-field before finding Sebele who broke past his defender on the left side of the field and ripped a ball from 15 yards out into the lower left corner of the net past the keeper.
“Shadow is an important player for us and it was nice to see him get a goal in the run of play like that,” LeBlanc said. “I thought he had a good game and was impactful and that is the way he needs to be. He scored a big goal when we wanted to put the game away.”
West Virginia had two more great opportunities in the half. Junior Franck Tayou missed a golden opportunity in the 69th minute after Gaddis played the ball to Doue along the goal line who found Franck Tayou at the 10 yard mark. Franck Tayou took the shot, but it got caught in the right side of the netting.
Four minutes later, senior Alex Silva took a free kick that just wrapped around the outside of the netting on the left side of the goal.
The Mountaineers out-shot the Panthers, 16-5, while also leading in corner kicks, 11-2. Sebele led all players with four shots, followed by Doue with three.
“It (the win) is no more important than beating Notre Dame and no more important than going on the road next to South Florida,” LeBlanc said. “I am glad that we got three points here to keep pace with the rest of the conference.”
Senior goalkeeper Zach Johnson made one save en route to his fourth shutout of the season. Johnson is now only two shutouts away from tying Nick Noble (37) for most in a career.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, at South Florida. The match will kick-off at 7:30 p.m.