By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
October 31, 2009
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Freshmen Moeryhan “Peabo” Doue and Abel “Shadow” Sebele each scored a goal as the West Virginia University men’s soccer team posted a 2-0 victory over Seton Hall on a rainy Saturday evening at Owen T. Carroll Field.
With the win, the Mountaineers (7-4-6, 6-3-2 BIG EAST) secured the No. 3 spot in the BIG EAST Blue Division for the league tournament. WVU will play Red Division No. 6 seed Rutgers on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“It was a good result and all of the credit goes to the guys,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “They worked hard and because of it, we get to play another home game.”
Doue got the offense going, as he registered the first three shots of the game for the Mountaineers. Less than five minutes into the match, the Germantown, Md., native got in behind the Pirates’ defense and laced a shot that sailed into the left netting of the goal. Only three minutes later, it was Doue again leading the attack. He dribbled the ball into the 18-yard box, and with the Seton Hall goalkeeper charging, laced a shot on goal that was punched out by Seton Hall’s goalkeeper, Paul McHenry. Doue collected the rebound and fired another shot that again was punched out by McHenry and cleared by Seton Hall’s defense.
It was the 12-minute mark when WVU recorded the first goal of the game.
Junior Dan Hagey started the sequence on a run up the field, blowing past a defender. Seton Hall’s goalkeeper McHenry came off his line on the play, jarring the ball loose, but could not collect it. Doue, however, was there for the rebound and tapped the ball into the open net for his second goal of the season.
“Peabo had his best game in a Mountaineer jersey. He was dynamic, strong and caused all types of problems for their back line,” LeBlanc adds. “I'm real pleased with his effort tonight and I hope that he continues that going forward.”
Only moments later, the Mountaineers nearly tacked on their second score of the match. Sebele sent a direct kick from approximately 25-yards out toward the back post, where sophomore Nick Claudio was positioned. The Charleston, W.Va., native – who earned his first start of the season – sent a header that was on net, but saved by McHenry. Claudio collected the rebound and sent a shot that sailed just wide of the goal.
“Nick did a great job tonight,” LeBlanc says. “With the abundance of injuries we had, we needed the younger guys to step up and Nick really got the job done in the back tonight.”
WVU continued to pressure Seton Hall’s defense, even into the waning minutes of the first half. With less than five minutes to go in the period, Doue brought the ball from the near side of the field into the 18-yard box, with two defenders on him. After being dragged down, the referee whistled a penalty kick for the Mountaineers. Sebele took the PK and sent the shot past Seton Hall's goalkeeper, putting WVU ahead 2-0 – a lead it would not relinquish.
At the conclusion of the first half, WVU held the advantage over Seton Hall (4-10-3, 1-7-3 BE) in shots (11-4) and corner kicks (8-6).
Doue nearly earned his second goal of the game with 10:15 remaining in the match. Sebele brought the ball from the midline into Seton Hall territory, and after dribbling around two defenders, sent a pass to the far side of the field to Doue, who was closing in on goal. McHenry came out to challenge, and Doue sent a blast on the ground that went just wide of the net.
WVU also displayed great defense in the win. Freshman Eric Schoenle, who was on the pitch for all 90 minutes, made a great stop on an attempted Seton Hall through ball that could have spelled trouble for the Mountaineers. Senior Ryan Gillespie also played a major role defensively in the shutout, as he made a save in front of the net with 21 minutes remaining the first half.
Redshirt junior Zach Johnson made four saves in goal en route to his 10th shutout of the year. He owns 31 career clean sheets.
Eight different Mountaineers recorded at least a shot in the victory, with Doue totaling a game-high six – three on-goal.
As a team, the Mountaineers finished with a 19-8 shot advantage over the Pirates and an 8-6 edge in corner kicks over Seton Hall.