Men's Soccer: Mountaineers Tie Seton Hall in 2OT


By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 18, 2008

 
SHU 1, WVU 1 (2 OT)
Box Score
1
1
 
1
2
OT1
OT2
F
 Seton Hall
0
1
0
0
1
 West Virginia
0
1
0
0
1

Team Performances
SHU
WVU
25
Shots
9
13
SOG
5
4
Saves
12
7
Corner Kicks
3
12
Fouls
14

Top Individual Performances
 Player
G
A
Shots
SOG
 SHU - Saintil
1
0
5
3
 WVU - Paradise
0
1
4
2

Goalkeeper Stats
 Player
Minutes
GA
Saves
 SHU - McHenry
110:00
1
4
 WVU - Johnson
110:00
1
11

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team played Seton Hall to a 1-1 double-overtime tie on a chilly Saturday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in front of 1,237 soccer fans. The double-overtime result is the fifth this year for the Mountaineers.

WVU (4-5-5, 2-2-4 BIG EAST) was forced to play with only 10 players for a span of 72:22 after junior Ryan Gillespie was sent off with a red card late in the first half.

“For us to go that long without giving up a goal and playing a man down and fighting like the way we did, I’m proud of Zach (Johnson) and proud of the team,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said.

The Mountaineers had a golden opportunity to take the lead with 56 seconds left in the first half. Senior Sean Brooks served a perfect ball down the right side of the field to a streaking Paul Paradise. After beating a defender, the sophomore, Paradise, took a shot toward the near post that was punched out of play on a dive by Seton Hall’s goalkeeper, Paul McHenry.

The team continued to battle and put the first tally on the scoreboard at the 60:29 mark. Freshman Adam Mills scored his second goal of the season on what LeBlanc described as “the best goal we have scored this year.” Paradise put a through ball to Mills and after splitting two defenders, Mills sent a blast past McHenry for the score. Paradise was credited with an assist.

Seton Hall (6-6-3, 2-3-3) answered back with less than five minutes in regulation. Although a WVU defender tried to clear the ball out of the box, the ball rolled to the Pirates’ Jerry Saintil, who sent a shot to the far post that went off WVU goalkeeper Zach Johnson’s fingertips and into the back of the net.

As the second half neared to an end, the Mountaineer offense heightened the pressure. Freshman Alex Silva took a shot with his left foot that knuckled toward Seton Hall’s goalkeeper and was caught before it took a short hop. Moments later, Paradise laid a pass off to Silva, who was about 23-yards out. Silva sent a blast that was on target, but sailed over the net.

Despite the allowed goal, WVU’s Johnson played another tremendous game between the posts, making 11 saves in 110 of action. On a dangerous play with a little more than 24 minutes left in regulation, Seton Hall’s Giovanni Zammiello served the ball into a crowded box and Johnson made a great play by punching it out and preventing the Pirates from taking any shots on-goal.

“We could be standing here saying we very easily should have had three points, but in this situation, any coach takes a draw,” LeBlanc said. “We’re pleased to get a point out of this game, and certainly still are in contention for a BIG EAST Tournament spot.”

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a non-conference match against No. 6/6 Maryland. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on WVPBS.




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