WVU Falls to No. 19 Notre Dame


By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
November 1, 2008

 
Notre Dame 1, West Virginia 0
Box Score
 Photo Gallery
1
0
 
1
2
OT1
OT2
F
 Notre Dame
0
1
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1
 West Virginia
0
0
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Team Performances
ND
WVU
4
Shots
14
2
SOG
4
4
Saves
1
3
Corner Kicks
9
11
Fouls
8

Top Individual Performances
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 ND - King
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 WVU - Bristol
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Goalkeeper Stats
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Saves
 ND - Tuttle
90:00
0
4
 WVU - Johnson
90:00
1
1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team held No. 19 Notre Dame to without a shot for 60 minutes, but fell to the Fighting Irish, 1-0 on a goal at the 60:54 mark, on Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. A crowd of 1,012 packed the stands to witness the Mountaineers’ final regular-season contest.

"He [Notre Dame Head Coach Bobby Clark] just said we're the first team that's completely played this team off the field," Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "It's a good comment, but you want to win the game at the end of the day. I thought our performance was outstanding, but the production wasn't there. I thought we were outstanding for pretty much 89 minutes of the game tonight."

WVU (5-8-5, 3-4-4 BIG EAST) had two golden scoring opportunities late in the first half, but was unable to capitalize on either one.

With 22:56 left before halftime, WVU freshman Declan Coll took a corner kick from the near side of the field that found junior Gift Maworere. After ricocheting off of Maworere’s head, the ball bounced toward junior Ryan Gillespie on the far side of the field. Gillespie’s blast toward the net was wide left and caught the outside of the net.

The Mountaineers’ second chance came with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half. Sophomore Paul Paradise sent a pass from the right wing, just outside the 18-yard box, to senior Alex Yost, who was standing near the half-circle at the top of the box. Yost took the pass and sent the shot on target, but it sailed over the net.

Notre Dame (11-5-2, 7-2-2 BE), after being held to zero shots in the first half, made good on its second shot of the game. The play started when Michael Thomas sent a blast on-goal that was punched out by WVU sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson. However, the ball ended up back in front of the net and Brendan King sent the shot past Johnson for his second score of the season.

WVU’s stingy defense allowed Notre Dame to take just two more shots in the game following the goal. The Mountaineers also held the league’s leader in goals and points, Bright Dike, to one shot in the contest.

WVU finished the game with the advantage in shots (14-4) and corner kicks (9-3). Four Mountaineers (senior Sean Brooks, junior Jason Bristol, freshman Raymon Gaddis, Coll) finished the game with two shots apiece.

“It's a confidence-builder to know that we can play with the best teams in the country,” Brooks said. “Heading into the postseason, it's one and done. Hopefully we'll be the one to put away the goal. We're definitely capable of making a run in this tournament. We've proved tonight, we've proved all season, we just have to get the result.”

The Mountaineers honored five seniors prior to Saturday’s game: Brooks, Ryan Chance, Donald La Guerre, Tony Lindroos and Yost.

West Virginia will move on to play in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 5. As the No. 5 seed in the BIG EAST Blue Division, the Mountaineers will face Red Division No. 4 seed Louisville (10-6-2, 5-5-1 BE) at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

"I truly believe with all my heart that we are good enough to win (the BIG EAST Tournament)," LeBlanc said. "We just played one of the best teams in the country off the field, but unfortunately, we didn't get the result. I think if this team can find a way to score some goals, we can go on a nice little run."

BIG EAST Tournament
First-Round Matchups
Wednesday, Nov. 5
#6 Blue PITTSBURGH @ #3 Red DE PAUL, 1:00 p.m. CT
#5 Red VILLANOVA @ #4 Blue PROVIDENCE, 2:00 p.m. ET
#5 Blue WEST VIRGINIA @ #4 Red LOUISVILLE, 7:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, Nov. 6
#6 Red CINCINNATI or RUTGERS @ #3 Blue GEORGETOWN, 2:00 p.m. ET

Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov. 8
#5 Blue/#4 Red @ #1 Blue NOTRE DAME, 7:00 p.m. ET
#6 Blue/#3 Red @ #2 Blue CONNECTICUT, 7:00 p.m. ET
#5 Red/#4 Blue @ #1 Red ST. JOHN’S, 7:00 p.m. ET

Sunday, Nov. 9
#6 Red/#3 Blue @ #2 Red USF, 1:00 p.m. ET




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