WVU Edged By No. 6 Maryland


By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 21, 2008

 
#6 Maryland 0, West Virginia 1
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 Maryland
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 West Virginia
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Team Performances
UMD
WVU
18
Shots
10
6
SOG
5
5
Saves
5
9
Corner Kicks
6
15
Fouls
12

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 UMD - Hall
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 WVU - Bristol
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Goalkeeper Stats
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 UMD - MacMath
90:00
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 WVU - Johnson
90:00
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In a hard-fought, evenly-matched contest, the West Virginia University men’s soccer team was edged by No. 6/6 Maryland, 1-0, on a chilly Tuesday night. A crowd of 1,346 piled into Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, the second-most attended home game this season. The season total, now at 9,649, breaks the all-time single-season school record for home crowds (previously 9,291 in 2007).

WVU (4-6-5, 2-2-4 BIG EAST) came out confidently, stringing together a couple golden scoring opportunities early in the game. The best chance came in the 13th minute of the match by senior Alex Yost. After sophomore Paul Paradise sent a ball up the right wing to Yost, the senior gathered the ball and took a hard shot toward the Terps’ net, but goalkeeper Zac MacMath was able to make the stop.

In the 36th minute, it was Maryland (12-3-0, 3-2-0 ACC) on the attack. The Terrapins took advantage of an opening in the box on a corner kick. Maryland’s Graham Zusi sent a corner kick from the near side of the field to the middle of the box and found teammate Jeremy Hall. With an opening at the far post, Hall headed the ball past a couple of WVU defenders and sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson for his 10th goal of the season. Zusi earned an assist on the play.

“Somebody lost an assignment,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “The most disappointing part was we're playing the No. 6 team in the country and the goal we gave up wasn't a good goal to give up. I thought we played them pretty evenly. We had some chances to score goals and their goalkeeper had to make a couple of big diving saves to keep the game scoreless.”

The Mountaineers confidence did not seem to fade, though, as the team held Maryland to without a shot in the final eight-and-a-half minutes of the first half. WVU continued to attack, chalking up two corner kicks and three shots in a span of seven minutes. The best chance of the series came at the 38:38 mark on a corner by freshman Alex Silva. The Rio de Janeiro, native, sent a ball to 6-foot-4 junior Jason Bristol. With the height advantage, Bristol was able to out-jump a defender and head the ball toward the far post. Maryland’s MacMath, however, was able to get to the ball in time and prevent the Mountaineers from knotting the game at one apiece.

Before the end of the half, with just more than three minutes to play, it appeared as though WVU had another shot to tie the game. After creating separation from a Maryland defender, Paradise laced a shot toward the net, but it sailed just a couple feet right of the goal and was punched out of play by the keeper. Although WVU earned a corner kick on the play, it was unable to score on the set piece.

“I think tonight was the first night that our lack of depth caught up to us,” LeBlanc continued. “Our injuries finally caught up to us tonight. Losing (Adam) Mills in the first seven minutes was a big blow, especially since he started pretty well.”

Paradise led the Mountaineers with three shots, while senior Sean Brooks and sophomore Dan Hagey each tallied two shots in the loss.

Maryland’s Casey Townsend, who was the team’s leading goal-scorer heading into the match with 10 goals, took a team-high four shots, two of which came on-goal.

Johnson, who had another amazing game between the posts, made five saves against Maryland. The Lumberton, N.J., native’s biggest save came with at the 10:23 mark when the Terrapins’ Doug Rodkey laced a shot on the ground toward the far post. On a valiant diving effort, Johnson was able to slide on the grass and punch the ball away from the net.

Also, with Johnson’s 90 minutes in goal, he breaks into the top 10 in program history for single-season goalkeeper minutes, the second time he has accomplished the feat. His 1454:05 minutes of play move ahead of Mitch Haroldson (1984) and into 10th place in the category.

The Mountaineers will have a few days off before traveling to BIG EAST foe Georgetown for a game on Saturday, Oct. 25. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.




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