Men's Soccer: Mountaineers Fall in First Round


By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
November 5, 2008

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

Team Performances
WVU
UofL
11
Shots
9
4
SOG
4
2
Saves
4
5
Corner Kicks
3
11
Fouls
14

Top Individual Performances
 Player
G
A
Shots
SOG
 WVU - Brooks
0
0
2
1
 UofL - Murray
1
0
1
1

Goalkeeper Stats
 Player
Minutes
GA
Saves
 WVU - Johnson
90:00
2
2
 UofL - Boudreaux
90:00
0
4

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team, the fifth-seed in the BIG EAST Blue Division, dropped a 2-0 contest to Red Division No. 4 seed Louisville on Wednesday evening at Cardinal Park in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament.

WVU (5-9-5, 3-4-4 BIG EAST) strung together its best scoring opportunities of the game in the second half at the 65-minute mark. The Mountaineers rattled off four shots and took two corner kicks in a three-minute stretch.

Sophomore Paul Paradise started it off with a shot from the near side that was blocked by Louisville goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux, who was charging in on Paradise. Moments later, senior Sean Brooks continued to put pressure on the Louisville defense with a shot of his own that was also blocked.

At the 67-minute mark, it was Brooks again amidst the attack. After receiving a pass near the top of the 18-yard box, the Woodstock, Ga., native fired a shot with his left foot that sailed toward the net. Louisville’s Boudreaux dove to his left and was able to punch the shot on-goal out of play, leaving the Mountaineers with a corner kick.

Louisville (11-6-2, 5-5-1 BE), who finished with nine shots, got its first score of the game on an own-goal at the 70:20 mark.

The Cardinals added to their lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. J.T. Murray received a pass on the left wing from Colin Rolfe. After dribbling around a defender, Murray was able to strike one past WVU sophomore goalkeeper Zach Johnson.

Junior Gift Maworere gave the Mountaineers’ their best chance to score in the first with less than 20 minutes remaining. On a free kick near the midfield line, Maworere sent a pass into the 18-yard box. As junior Jason Bristol attempted a header, Cardinals goalkeeper Boudreaux was able to out-jump Bristol from behind and punch the cross out of the box.

Defensively in the first half, freshman Ruben Garrido made a huge stop inside the 18-yard box. Louisville’s Rolfe had possession of the ball on the right wing and as he attempted to take a shot on-goal, Garrido slid in front of the shot and sent the ball bouncing out of box.

WVU’s Johnson finished the contest with two saves, including a big save in the first half. Louisville’s Nolan Chandler sent a shot from the right wing, but the Lumberton, N.J., native was able to make the difficult save and preserve the tie in the 34th minute.

WVU outshot Louisville in the second half, 8-2, and held the advantage in corner kicks in the second stanza, 5-0.




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