BUFFALO, N.Y. – A goal in the 76th
minute by junior Andy Bevin
gave the West Virginia University men’s soccer team an important 2-1 victory on Friday evening at UB Stadium.
The win brings WVU’s overall record to 7-6-4, but more importantly gives the Mountaineers another three points in the Mid-American Conference standings. WVU now has a 2-2-1 record in MAC action heading into the final match of the season.
"It's like I've been saying all year, it is a young group that is still learning what it means to fight back and we did tonight," coach Marlon LeBlanc says. "It was a nasty night in Buffalo, but a lot of credit to the boys for coming back in the second half and finding two goals and picking up three points."
The Mountaineers brought the ball up the middle of the field and freshman Mike Desiderio
played a through ball to Bevin, who advanced towards goal and slotted home the game-winning goal. The goal extends Bevin’s team lead to eight this season, while Desiderio picked up his first career point.
Trailing 1-0 in the 63rd
minute, hard work by sophomore Majed Osman
paid off after a scrum by the Mountaineer bench. Following a yellow card issued to each team, sophomore Jamie Merriam
sent a throw-in to the feet of Osman. Osman weaved his way through the Buffalo defense and ripped a shot to the far post for his sixth goal of the season.
Nicolai Berry put Buffalo ahead in the 54th
minute with the first shot on goal of the match for the Bulls. Berry settled a throw-in from Russell Cicerone and fired a shot from 10 yards out that froze WVU junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
. It was the first goal that Johnston had conceded in 340 minutes of play.
The best chances in the first half came in the 32nd minute of action, both chances from distance. Desiderio beamed a 40-yard shot that Buffalo goalkeeper Waleed Cassis punched over the net. Less than a minute later Osman took a similar shot that went just left of the upper 90.
West Virginia will host Bowling Green on Friday, Nov. 8, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium for the final match of the of the regular season. Admission is free courtesy of WVU Healthcare. Links to live stats and a live video stream are available via WVUsports.com.