MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The No. 17 West Virginia men’s soccer team travels to Western Michigan to continue the Mid-American Conference schedule on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kickoff at the WMU Soccer Complex is schedule for noon.
“They’re well coached, they’re older, they’re physical, they’re organized and they are a very solid team,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “They’re not going to beat themselves and for us, understanding that they’re not going to beat themselves means that we need to be the aggressor. We’re going to go on the road and be the aggressor and try and get after them.”
The Mountaineers (6-2-1, 1-0-0 MAC) are coming off a four-game homestand in which they went 4-0, holding advantages over opponents in goals (13-3), assists (19-3), shots (75-19), shots on goal (39-10) and corner kicks (28-8).
Twelve different players have recorded a goal for the Mountaineers in 2012, with senior Eric Schoenle
leading the attack with three goals. Senior Travis Pittman
and freshman Nick Raskasky
each have two goals apiece, while senior Uwem Etuk
leads the team with four assists.
In net, senior Pat Eavenson
is 5-2-1, allowing five goals with a 0.65 goals-against average. He has made 18 saves with 3.5 shutouts.
Western Michigan (7-2-1, 0-0-0 MAC) will be playing its first conference match of the season. Most recently, the Broncos played to a 1-1 draw with IUPUI last Tuesday.
“Stu Riddle (Western Michigan coach) has his team firing on all cylinders this year, and I think the biggest thing for them is people probably underestimate them,” LeBlanc says. “We’re not going to underestimate them. We’re going put them under pressure and respect that they’re capable of winning games and scoring goals.”
Marco Lobo leads the team with four goals and two assists, while Shane Lyons is second on the team with three goals. Ryan Lemasters leads the team with five assists to go along with two goals.
The Broncos are out-scoring opponents, 19-7, and out-shooting opponents, 150-98.
Sean Lewis has started all 10 matches in net for Western Michigan. He has allowed seven goals and has made 30 saves with a 0.70 goals-against average. Lewis has a record of 6-2-1 with 3.5 shutouts.
This will be the first meeting with Western Michigan in school history.
A link to live stats will be available through WVUsports.com.