By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
September 7, 2008
AKRON, Ohio – In its second and final game of the University of Akron Classic, the West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell to Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Lee Jackson Field.
The Mountaineers (0-3-1), who were down 2-0 at halftime to the Phoenix (1-3-0), made strides in the second half for a rally.
Less than 20 minutes into the second half, WVU found the back of the net through sophomore Paul Paradise. At the 68:46 mark, Paradise struck a ball from 20 yards out past Green Bay goalkeeper Adam Stikl in the upper-right corner of the net.
The Mountaineers continued to put pressure on the Phoenix late in the game, tallying three corner kicks and four shots in the second half.
Paradise registered a team-high three shots, two on-goal, in the contest. Fellow sophomore Zach Johnson made his fourth-straight start between the posts for the Mountaineers, making five saves in the match.
Each of Green Bay’s two goals came courtesy of JC Banks, off corner kicks from David Prochazka, in the first half.
Following the game, freshmen Raymon Gaddis and Alex Silva were named to the all-tournament team.
The Mountaineers return home for their next game on Saturday, Sept. 13. Kickoff against St. Francis (Pa.) is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.