By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
September 29, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A day after being named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, West Virginia University men’s soccer player Abel “Shadow” Sebele was named to the prestigious Soccer America Team of the Week, the California-based publication announced today.
The freshman from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, tallied the game-winning goal in overtime against then-No. 3/5-ranked USF on Sept. 25, giving the Mountaineers the 1-0 upset victory. His score came in the 92nd minute, as he recorded two shots – both on-goal – in the win.
On Sept. 27 against DePaul, the forward earned assists on each of WVU’s two goals in the 2-1 overtime win. His first assist came in the 83rd minute, when he sent a corner kick to the back post, which was headed in by classmate Travis Pittman. His final assist set up the game-winning goal in the 95th minute by fellow Zimbabwe native Gift Maworere.
Sebele is only one of two BIG EAST players to be named to the team and is just one of three forwards on the prestigious squad. He also is only one of two true freshmen in program history to be named to the team (Alex Silva on October 7, 2008).
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 3, when the squad plays at Marquette. Kickoff at Valley Fields is set for 8:05 p.m. ET.