Men's Soccer: WVU Falls Short at Georgetown


By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
October 25, 2008

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

Team Performances
WVU
GU
9
Shots
7
4
SOG
3
2
Saves
4
3
Corner Kicks
6
12
Fouls
13

Top Individual Performances
 Player
G
A
Shots
SOG
 WVU - Paradise
0
0
3
3
 GU - Larrabee
1
0
2
2

Goalkeeper Stats
 Player
Minutes
GA
Saves
 WVU - Johnson
90:00
1
2
 GU - Brutto
90:00
0
4

WASHINGTON D.C. - The West Virginia University men’s soccer team lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision to BIG EAST rival Georgetown on a rainy and windy Saturday afternoon at North Kehoe Field in Washington D.C.

Sophomore forward Paul Paradise paced the Mountaineers (4-7-5, 2-3-4 BIG EAST) with three shots, all on-goal, to help give WVU plenty of scoring chances. Midfielders Sean Brooks and Declan Coll tallied two shots apiece, and freshman defender Raymon Gaddis notched one shot on-goal.

Nine Mountaineers played all 90 minutes in the contest, including goalkeeper Zach Johnson, Jason Bristol, Gift Maworere, Ruben Garrido, Dan Hagey, Ryan Gillespie, Coll, Gaddis and Paradise.

"We probably played the best game of our season," WVU Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "Our critical mistake cost us the game, but from the first minute right on through I thought we played well."

The Mountaineers were put at a disadvantage in the 63rd minute when Georgetown midfielder Scott Larrabee laced an unassisted game-winning goal past Johnson.

Georgetown goalkeeper Matthew Brutto recorded his eighth shutout in as many games, totaling four saves against a WVU offense that played the role as the aggressor in the second half.

WVU outshot Georgetown, 9-7, and pressured the Hoyas (9-3-3, 4-2-3 BIG EAST) offensively in the second half. The Mountaineers adjusted well from an evenly-played first half and were able to attack Georgetown’s zone and control possession for the majority of the latter period.

"From a playing standpoint, it was the best we played all year," LeBlanc said. "From a finishing standpoint, it didn't work out today. But I credit Georgetown, they played well."

Nearly 15 minutes went by without a shot from both teams in the second half until Brooks received a pass off a corner kick and fired a shot from just above the box, missing high.

In the 64th minute the Mountaineers nearly made the most of another corner kick opportunity. Coll took a pass that trickled to the right side of the box, but the shot sailed right of the net.

The first half featured a closely-played contest as both the Mountaineers and Hoyas were active on the back line while making it difficult for both offenses to penetrate in the box.

Johnson tallied two saves, both coming in less than a three minute span in the first half. The Hoyas had a nice opportunity in the 26th minute when defender Mark Zeman took a shot off a corner kick, but Johnson used his lengthy, athletic frame to swat away the attempt.

The Mountaineers return to the field on Wednesday, Oct. 29, for a home contest against BIG EAST foe Marquette. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Stadium.




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