By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
August 29, 2008
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell in its first game of the season and of the West Virginia University Classic, 1-0, to Lafayette on Friday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,248.
The Mountaineers (0-1-0) battled a physical Leopards squad and despite numerous opportunities to take the lead, could not solve Lafayette’s Andrew Pianko who made five saves in the match.
In the second half at 47:20, freshman Declan Coll served a corner kick from the far side, finding junior Mo Travis near the 18-yard box; Travis’ shot on-goal barely missed which would have given the Mountaineers the lead.
Toward the end of the second session at the 81:22 mark, the scoreless tie was broken up as Lafayette’s Stephen Macurdy took the ball from just inside the half-circle in front of the 18-yard box, spun around and laced a shot just past the Mountaineers’ Zach Johnson.
“It’s disappointing the way we lost because we talked about not beating ourselves and we gave up a soft goal,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “For all the chances, we didn’t put the ball in the net. At the end of the day, we just missed too many chances.”
The Mountaineers received a spark off the bench when freshman Kurt Freemyer entered the game at 71:53. Within a three-minute time span, WVU rattled off two-shots on goal and took two corner kicks.
WVU blasted 16 shots in the second half, five of which were on-goal. Freshman Ruben Garrido led the charge in the second half with two shots on-net.
The Classic will resume on Sunday, Aug. 31, with the Mountaineers facing Duquesne, who defeated Binghamton, 2-1, in the first game of the day. The match, which will be the second game of the day, is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on WVPBS.