Men's Soccer: WVU Falls at Providence


By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 11, 2008

 
Providence 1, West Virginia 0
Box Score
0
1
 
1
2
OT1
OT2
F
 West Virginia
0
0
-
-
0
 Providence
1
0
-
-
1

Team Performances
WVU
PROV
12
Shots
17
6
SOG
7
6
Saves
6
1
Corner Kicks
10
11
Fouls
9

Top Individual Performances
 Player
G
A
Shots
SOG
 WVU - Lindroos
0
0
1
1
 PROV - Stoker
1
0
1
1

Goalkeeper Stats
 Player
Minutes
GA
Saves
 WVU - Johnson
90:00
1
6
 PROV - Murray
90:00
0
6

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at Providence on Saturday afternoon at Glay Field. It is only the program’s third loss in October in two years.

Providence (5-4-3, 3-4-1 BIG EAST) scored the lone goal of the game just five minutes prior to halftime. On a deep cross from A.J. Brown into the WVU 18-yard box, Chris Stoker out-jumped junior Gift Maworere and headed the ball past sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson into the back of the net. Brown was credited with an assist on the play.

The goal and the halftime break seemed to be a jumpstart for WVU (3-5-4, 2-2-3 BE). The Mountaineers tripled their shot total in the second half to 12, and tallied five on-goal in the second session.

The Mountaineers’ bench contributed greatly, combining for six of the team’s 12 shots. Senior Sean Brooks accounted for two shots and appeared to spark the WVU offense. Subbing in at the 17:39 mark, Brooks took both of his shots in a matter of 13 seconds. After having his first shot blocked, the Woodstock, Ga., native blasted another one that sailed just wide of the goal.

Junior Tony Lindroos, playing in just his third match this year, was in the game for a season-high 59 minutes and nearly tied the game at one apiece in the 48th minute. After receiving a pass, the Espoo, Finland, native fired a shot from nearly 30-yards out that was deflected by Providence’s goalkeeper, Timothy Murray. The ball bounced off the right post and back into the field of play to junior Mo Travis. Despite the opportunity, Travis’ blast was stopped by a diving Murray.

“It’s disappointing,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We missed two chances to score and when you don’t put away opportunities, it’s tough to win.”

On defense, WVU’s Johnson played another stellar 90 minutes between the posts. He made six saves, including a kick save on Justin Kahle’s penalty kick at the 43:10 mark. The Lumberton, N.J., native has held opponents to one goal or less in 11 of the team’s 12 games.

Senior Alex Yost came off the bench and fired three shots, a WVU game high.

“It’s tough because injuries are continuing to plague us,” LeBlanc said. “(Adam) Mills was a game-time scratch because of his hamstring; Declan (Coll) got hurt in the first half and had to sit out the rest of game and Paul Paradise took a knock to the head before finally coming back in the second half.”

The Mountaineers return to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium for a three-match home stand, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with a WVPBS televised contest against Ohio State. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.




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