By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
August 31, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team concluded the West Virginia University Classic, tying Duquesne, 0-0 after two overtimes, on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, in front of 876 fans. The game, which was televised on WVPBS, is the first of three men’s soccer contests WVPBS will carry.
The Mountaineers (0-1-1) came out aggressive in the first half. Early in the game, freshman Alex Silva led a break and found junior Gift Maworere streaking up the right wing, but Silva’s pass was just too long for Maworere to be able to make a play. WVU threatened time after time, but could not finish.
“I thought we played better today,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said after the game. “We tried out a new formation, and I think we were more organized. We seemed a bit more structured, but we still didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had.”
WVU came out firing again in the second half. Sophomore Dan Hagey, who led all players with three shots in the second session, had a great opportunity about 10 yards past the 18-yard box at the 81:28 mark, and struck a ball that went just wide of the net. The Mountaineers continued to press as Hagey and freshman Adam Mills fired back-to-back shots.
Another opportunity came right before the end of regulation as Mills crossed the ball to freshman Raymon Gaddis, with junior Mo Travis trailing, but could not find the back of the net.
Redshirt-sophomore Zach Johnson and the defense also played a tough game against a physical Duquesne squad. The Dukes only put four shots on-goal and had trouble getting past junior Jason Bristol and the back line.
Prior to the 2 p.m. contest, Binghamton took a victory against Lafayette, 2-1.
Following the contest, the coaches picked an all-tournament team, featuring the MVP of the Classic, Stefan Lundberg from Duquesne. Lundberg tallied a goal and four shots on net in the two-day event.
On Friday, Sept. 5, the Mountaineers will travel to Akron, Ohio, for the University of Akron Tournament. The first opponent WVU will face is tournament-host Akron at 7:30 p.m. EST.
WVU Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP – Stefan Lundberg (Duquesne)
Bryan Matthews (Duquesne)
Alex Trujillo (Duquesne)
John Strosser (Duquesne)
Darren McAllister (Binghamton)
Andy Tiedt (Binghamton)
Jason Stenta (Binghamton)
Stephen Macurdy (Lafayette)
Steve Ference (Lafayette)
Jason Bristol (West Virginia)
Zach Johnson (West Virginia)