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Hagey and Yost Score in Win


By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 29, 2008

 
Marquette 0, West Virginia 2
Box Score
Photo Gallery
0
2
 
1
2
OT1
OT2
F
 Marquette
0
0
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-
0
 West Virginia
1
1
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2

Team Performances
MU
WVU
8
Shots
10
1
SOG
5
3
Saves
1
5
Corner Kicks
3
12
Fouls
14

Top Individual Performances
 Player
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 MU - Mallace
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 WVU - Yost
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Goalkeeper Stats
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 MU - Pyzdrowski
90:00
2
3
 WVU - Johnson
90:00
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia men’s soccer team received goals from sophomore Dan Hagey and senior Alex Yost en route to a 2-0 victory against BIG EAST foe Marquette on a chilly and windy Wednesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

WVU (5-7-5, 3-3-4 BIG EAST) jumped out to a quick start on offense with multiple scoring opportunities. Sophomore Paul Paradise took his first of a team-high three shots in the game in the 33rd minute, but the blast was stopped by Marquette goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski. Less than five minutes later, it was Hagey who tallied the first goal of the game.

Junior Ryan Gillespie, who was credited with an assist, started the play on the far side of the field. The Virginia Beach, Va., native crossed the ball inside the 18-yard box, near the penalty kick area, to Hagey. The Ephrata, Pa., native collected the ball and was able to slide it past the Golden Eagles’ Pyzdrowski into the back of the net from the ground at the 29:12 mark.

WVU’s second goal appeared imminent at the 24:07 mark on a scramble inside Marquette’s box. Paradise laid the ball off to freshman Declan Coll and after dropping it back to his teammate, Paradise sent a blast past the Golden Eagles’ goalkeeper, but struck the post. The ball bounced back into the field of play and the Mountaineers were unable to capitalize.

With only 2:32 left to play in the first half, it was Paradise, again, stirring up trouble for the Marquette defense. The Plum, Pa., native dribbled the ball on the near side of the field, to the right of the goal, and sent a perfect cross on the ground past Pyzdrowski, but the pass went untouched to the opposite side of the field.

WVU continued to create opportunities on offense. With a little less than 11 minutes in the contest, freshman Alex Silva sent a cross from the far side of the field in front of the net to freshman Kurt Freemyer. The Arlington, Va., native came streaking in toward the goal, but just missed putting a head on the ball and scoring his first career goal.

The Mountaineers, however, lit up the scoreboard again with only seven minutes to go. After Silva crossed the ball to the near side of the field, Gillespie sent a high ball into the box. The 6-foot-3 Yost, near the far post, was able to out-jump a defender and head it to the near post for the score, his second of the season. Gillespie was credited with his second assist of the night and Silva also earned an assist on the play.

“I was proud of him (Yost) getting that goal,” Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “Alex is good when he has a couple of guys playing off of him and for him to find that ball in the box without that extra support was tremendous on his part to get on the end of that cross. Gillie (Gillespie) works so hard on getting those services better and he actually had a couple of great ones in the first half. For Alex to battle back from those injuries and get a goal was just a reward for him.”

WVU senior Donald La Guerre, who played 20 minutes in the win, also got in on the offense. The Arima, Trinidad, native sent a blast on the ground in the 84th minute toward the near post that was stopped by a diving Pyzdrowski. La Guerre tallied two shots in the game.

WVU sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson made one save and posted his eighth shutout of the season. The Lumberton, N.J., native joined elite company with the shutout, making him just the third player in school history to record at least eight shutouts in more than one season. Johnson also improved his goals-against average to 0.55 and his season save percentage to .886. He ranked in the top 15 nationally in each category heading into Wednesday’s contest.

Marquette falls to 3-9-4 on the season and 1-7-2 in league play. Billy Von Rueden and Calum Mallace each tallied two shots apiece in the game. Pyzdrowski made three saves in 90 minutes of action.

“That's three big points,” LeBlanc said of the win. “One point on the weekend will guarantee our seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and I think we have a couple of outs as well. A Seton Hall loss or tie will also guarantee our seed in the tournament. Our boys are going after three points on Saturday night. We play to win and we're going to play to win on Saturday night."

The Mountaineers return to Dick Dlesk on Saturday, Nov. 1, for a game against Blue Division leader, Notre Dame. WVU will honor five seniors, Sean Brooks, Ryan Chance, La Guerre, Tony Lindroos and Yost on senior night, also the final regular-season contest for the Mountaineers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.




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