Sebele Earns Athlete of the Week


by Shannon McNamara for MSNsportsNET.com
September 28, 2009

  • September 28 WVU Varsity Sports Report

     
      Abel "Shadow" Sebele

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU men’s soccer player Abel “Shadow” Sebele has been named athlete of the week for his efforts in the Mountaineers’ pair of victories this past weekend.

    A freshman from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Sebele scored the game-winning goal against No. 3/5-ranked USF on Sept. 25. On a ball headed into the 18-yard box by sophomore Alex Silva, Sebele tapped the ball around USF goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, giving WVU the 1-0 overtime victory. He recorded two shots – both on-goal – in the win.

    On Sunday, he played a major factor in each of WVU’s two goals in the win over DePaul. His first assist came in the 83rd minute, when he served a corner kick into the six-yard box that was headed in by freshman Travis Pittman. His second assist set up the game-winning goal in overtime. Sebele finished the match with three shots and played all 94 minutes.

    This Week in Cross Country
    The No. 4 West Virginia University cross country team is idle this weekend … the Mountaineers are set to return to action on Oct. 2 with a trip to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Shore Invitational.

    Last Week in Cross Country
    Senior Clara Grandt was named BIG EAST Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 17 … Grandt was awarded the honor after leading the Mountaineers to a share of first place with BIG EAST foe Louisville at the Midwest Open on Sept. 19, on the campus of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosha, Wis.

    Notes and Quotes
    Grandt, a West Union, W.Va., native, crossed the line in 17:00.1, 19 seconds before Louisville’s Tarah McKay (17:19.4) … senior Karly Hamric and redshirt freshman Sarah-Anne Brault also raced well, finishing in sixth (18:04.7) and seventh (18:05.3) place, respectively ... Morgantown native Ahna Lewis followed in ninth place (18:27.9) … redshirt sophomore Stephanie Caruso had a strong race, finishing 20th with a time of 18:45.4.

    This Week in Rowing
    WVU opens its fall season Oct. 2-3 at the Head of the Ohio,in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Last Week in Rowing
    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes
    Last season, rising seniors Kimberly Benda, Brett Krumholz and Kathryn Walsh, and rising junior Rachel Viglianco, were all named National Scholar Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association … the Mountaineers’ 2009 season ended with the Dad Vail Regatta competition on the Schuykill River in Philadelphia, Pa., where their Novice 8+ boat took sixth place in the semifinal round ... none of WVU’s fall results will count towards the team’s final record.

    This Week in Men’s Soccer
    The Mountaineers only play one game this week … WVU travels to Milwaukee, Wis., for a match at Marquette on Oct. 3 … kickoff at Valley Fields is set for 8:05 p.m. ET.

    Last Week in Men’s Soccer
    The Mountaineers registered a 2-0 mark at home this past week … on Sept. 25, WVU upset No. 3/5-ranked USF, 1-0, in overtime … freshman Abel “Shadow” Sebele notched the game-winner at 91:12, with sophomore Alex Silva recording the assist … on Sept. 27, the Mountaineers won their second straight overtime contest and posted a 2-1 victory over DePaul … senior Gift Maworere scored at the 94:07 mark, with Sebele and freshman Travis Pittman earning assists on the game-winning goal … Pittman evened the match at one apiece in the 83rd minute … on a corner kick from Sebele, Pittman headed the ball to the back post, under the cross bar, for the score.

    Notes and Quotes
    WVU had 1,574 fans on-hand to witness the upset victory over the Bulls … WVU dominated the match in every aspect, out-shooting USF, 13-3, and holding the Bulls to zero shots on-goal – the first time this season … Sebele’s goal was the first of his collegiate career … freshman Moeryhan “Peabo” Doue registered game-highs in shots (4) and shots on-goal (3) … following the win over USF, three different freshmen have notched game-winners for the Mountaineers – Doue, Uwem Etuk and Sebele … WVU out-shot DePaul 15-10, including 11-4 in the second half, and owned the corner kicks category, 8-5, with an 8-1 advantage in the second half.

    “That was awesome, by the way. I thought it was a good result. We deserved that game. We were the better team the entire match. USF is a fantastic team. They are well-disciplined and they were bending, not breaking. We couldn’t hit it home, but it’s a great win for the program.” - coach Marlon LeBlanc following the USF win

    This Week in Women’s Soccer
    Next up for WVU is a home match against 2008 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 2 … kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the match will be televised live on ESPNU … the match is also a “Dollar Night” with all tickets and select concessions available for purchase for just $1 each, and is also a “Gold Rush” as all fans are encouraged to pack the stadium and wear gold.

    Last Week in Women’s Soccer
    Freshman midfielder Caroline Szwed netted the lone goal of the match with under three minutes remaining in regulation to give West Virginia a 1-0 win over visiting Marquette on Sept. 24 … Szwed out-jumped a pair of Marquette defenders and headed the ball inside the near post for her first collegiate goal … the Golden Eagles held a 13-7 shot advantage but rarely threatened with solid scoring chances … goalkeeper Kerri Butler picked up her fourth shutout of the season, the fifth for the Mountaineers … USF capitalized on a pair of scoring chances and held on late to earn its first-ever win over West Virginia, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla. … trailing 2-0, All-American midfielder Carolyn Blank put the Mountaineers on the board with a header in the 84th minute to cut the deficit in half … Nicole Mailloux and Szwed picked up assists … WVU finished with a 13-7 shot advantage and 11-1 edge on corner kicks … seven of West Virginia’s corner kicks came in the opening 45 minutes of play … forward Blake Miller paced WVU offensively with six shots.

    Notes and Quotes
    Szwed’s assist on Blank’s goal at USF was her team best third assist of the year … fellow freshman Bry McCarthy picked up her first collegiate assist on Szwed’s game-winner over Marquette … Szwed’s goal came against Golden Eagles’ goalkeeper Natalie Kulla, who had surrendered only four goals in the MU’s first nine games … WVU snapped MU’s four game win streak and extended its all-time series lead to 5-0, including a 3-0 edge in contests in Morgantown … WVU’s 11 corner kicks at USF tied a season-high … against the Bulls, WVU’s defense allowed two goals in a match for the first time this season … USF’s win was the first-ever against the Mountaineers.

    This Week in Tennis
    WVU travels to Cincinnati on Oct. 2-3 for the Queen City Invitational.

    Last Week in Tennis
    The Mountaineers competed in the ECAC Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y. ... both WVU doubles teams suffered a loss in their main flight competitions, but recorded several wins in their consolation and back-draw matches ... flight ‘A’ doubles team senior Stephanie LaFortune and redshirt junior Monique Burton had four-straight wins, earning them the title in the back-draw tournament … freshman Liv Pettersson and sophomore Catie Wickline won three-straight matches in flight ‘B’ doubles, then lost to UMass, 8-6, in the finals … in the singles competition, sophomore Kathryn Haught finished with a 3-1 record as the flight ‘A’ competitor … in flight ‘B’ singles, junior Ashley Pilsbury won 6-2, 7-5 over Marist’s Kelsey Raynor and freshman Emily Mathis defeated St. Bonaventure’s Kathryn Kvas … sophomore Veronica Cardenas finished a good first match in the flight ‘C’ singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Long Island’s Linn Siorgen

    Notes and Quotes
    “We didn’t rebound the way we needed to as a team. But some of the girls played tough and took care of business the way that they needed to. It is important for us to come back against Cincinnati. A few of our top players are going to rest giving some of our bottom players the chance to step up.” - coach Marc Walters

    This Week in Volleyball
    The West Virginia University volleyball team (11-6, 1-1) is set continue BIG EAST action with a 2 p.m. match at Louisville on Saturday, Oct. 3, and a 2 p.m. match at Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 4.

    Last Week in Volleyball
    The Mountaineers went 1-2 last week as they captured their first BIG EAST win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Marquette ... WVU also posted good matches against Marshall (1-3) and Syracuse (0-3).

    Notes and Quotes
    Junior middle blocker Lauren Evans once again led the Mountaineers with 31 kills and .452 hitting, including 16 kills with a .533 mark in the win over Marquette … sophomore outside hitter Kylie Armbruster also had a good week, with 26 kills and 19 digs, while sophomore setter Kari Post led with 119 assists and 35 digs.




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