WVU Upsets No. 22 Ohio State


By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 15, 2008

 
West Virginia 1, Ohio State 0
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 Ohio State
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 West Virginia
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Team Performances
OSU
WVU
12
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10
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Freshman Alex Silva’s goal was all the offense the West Virginia University men’s soccer team needed to upset No. 22 Ohio State, 1-0, on Wednesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,123.

Less than nine minutes into the game, Ohio State was whistled for a foul, giving WVU (4-5-4, 2-2-3 BIG EAST) a free kick. From approximately 25-yards out near the far corner of the 18-yard box, Silva blasted a line-drive shot toward the near post that whizzed past Ohio State goalkeeper Byron Neal. It is Silva’s second goal of the season; both goals have come against ranked opponents (first was game-winning score against then-No. 7 Connecticut on Oct. 3).

Staying aggressive on offense, the Mountaineers continued to pressure the Buckeyes. Just moments after the goal, senior Alex Yost dribbled into the 18-yard box on the right wing and WVU seemed to have another scoring chance, but Yost was unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

“We got the goal early on, and at the end of the day, we got the result,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We had two chances to put the second and third goals in and then the game’s not even close down the stretch. But again, credit our kids for fighting, battling and getting the job done.”

In the second half, the Mountaineers looked to have another chance to add to their lead. With 16:15 left in regulation, sophomore Dan Hagey sent a cross to junior Mo Travis. Despite a good look at the goal, Travis sent a blast that went just wide of the near post.

“We attacked better and we had some great scoring opportunities again, so I'm pleased with that,” LeBlanc said. “However, I would rather us put a couple more goals on the board.”

Between the posts, WVU sophomore Zach Johnson was nothing short of spectacular. With only 5:29 left in the game, the Buckeyes’ Andrew Magill took a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Magill’s blast appeared to be heading to the back of the net, but Johnson made a phenomenal save, extending his body on a dive to his right with his arms outstretched and stopped the shot from going in to preserve the lead.

The Lumberton, N.J., native made six saves in the win, giving him 59 for the season and tying him for first place in the BIG EAST with Syracuse’s Robert Cavicchia. The shutout bumps Johnson’s season total to seven.

WVU’s endurance also played a major factor in the game. Seven starters played at least 85 minutes in the win and the Mountaineers were able to get more than 30 minutes of three players on the bench.

Ohio State was led on offense by Konrad Warzycha and Sam Scales. The two had three shots apiece in the match. OSU, still without a road victory this season, is 1-2-0 in the Big Ten and drops to 7-4-2 overall in the non-conference game.

The Mountaineers return to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18, for a BIG EAST match against Seton Hall. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.




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