CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 9 West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0, on Friday evening at Fetzer Field in the Nike Carolina Classic.
“From our perspective we played very well for long shifts at a time and played far better than we did last weekend,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We certainly didn’t deserve to lose this one, but that is soccer.”
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers had the better scoring chances, as the teams each took five shots and two shots on goal, while WVU held the corner kick edge at 2-1.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to walk off the field on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but that’s soccer sometimes,” LeBlanc says. “They got one sniff at the goal and got it in. We shut off on their one opportunity and it ended up being a killer.”
UNC’s Martin Murphy scored the lone goal of the match in the 58th minute as he volleyed a cross from Danny Garcia past WVU keeper Pat Eavenson
. Garcia was just outside the 18-yard box and played a ball over top of the WVU defense, right to the foot of Murphy.
WVU defender Peabo Doue
had the first chance of the match in the seventh minute as he headed a free kick from midfielder Shadow Sebele
just wide right of the goal.
Mountaineer forward Ryan Cain
had the first shot on goal of the game in the 36th minute as he played a give-and-go with Sebele in the box, gathered the ball and took a shot from 10 yards out that was saved by UNC keeper Scott Goodwin.
Defender Francio Henry
had a huge team save for the Mountaineers in the 39th minute, as he cleared a shot off the line from UNC’s Cameron Brown that was rocketed from the penalty kick area.
WVU’s best second half opportunity came in the 53rd minute as Sebele played a ball along the goal line to the front of the box, but it was just out of the reach of midfielder Craig Stephens
. WVU had a similar opportunity in the final minute of play with the same result.
Five different WVU players took one shot with Cain and midfielder Travis Pittman
taking one shot on goal apiece.
The Mountaineers wrap up the Nike Carolina Classic with a match against Wake Forest on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Links to video and audio are available through WVUsports.com. The Demon Deacons defeat Boston University, 3-1, this evening.