By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
September 28, 2008
||Sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson made a season-high six saves on Sunday.||
TAMPA, Fla. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to No. 19/11 USF on Sunday afternoon at the USF Soccer Stadium in front of 2,108 people.
WVU (2-4-3, 1-1-2) and USF (6-1-1, 4-0-0) played a scoreless match until the 88:52 mark when Kevon Neaves scored the game-winning goal. On a cross from Javed Mohammed on the left flank, Neaves, who was near the six-yard box, put it past sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson for the game-winning goal.
“It's disappointing to lose the game in waning moments,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “Obviously, it’s a tough game to play within 48 hours, but our guys played well. You have to give USF credit for being able to score before the end of regulation.”
Johnson, who made a season-high six saves in the game, was just as impressive as the back line.
"I think our defending in front of him [Johnson] has been very good all season,” LeBlanc said. “Our guys [defense] are doing a good job of limiting scoring chances and shots. Overall, I think our team defending has been very good."
The Mountaineers have shut out opponents in five contests in 2008 and were on a streak of four straight heading into the match against USF.
Offensively, seven different Mountaineers took at least one shot in the game. Junior Mo Travis came off the bench to lead the team with two shots in the loss, one of which was on-goal.
Neaves led the Bulls with four shots, while goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made three saves.
WVU will resume conference play on Friday, Oct. 3 when it travels to Storrs, Conn., to play the fifth-ranked Connecticut Huskies in the Fox Soccer Channel Men’s College Match of the Week. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.