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WVU Blanks Marquette

By Grant Dovey for
October 27, 2010 09:59 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Junior Franck Tayou scored two goals and sophomore Shadow Sebele scored one goal to give West Virginia a 3-0 victory over Marquette on Wednesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

After a lackluster first half that saw the Mountaineers out-shoot Marquette, 9-2, WVU was able to pour on three second half goals to pull out the victory in the last regular season home game of the season.

"It was a work-man like performance, it was a lot of break them down," coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "Whenever you play with eight men behind the ball, it’s always going to be difficult to break them down."

Tayou’s first goal came in the 62nd minute when sophomore Travis Pittman played a ball to senior Dan Hagey, who brought it up the left side of the field. Hagey played the ball into Tayou who put the ball through the Marquette goalkeeper’s legs and into the back of the net.

"With any good forward it’s about confidence and when you’re not hitting the back of the net, you feel like you’re letting yourself and the team down," LeBlanc said.

Sebele’s goal occurred only eight minutes later on a shot that was ripped past keeper David Check from 15 yards out. Junior Raymon Gaddis made an excellent run along the Marquette goal line before playing the ball in front to Tayou. Tayou flicked the ball and it ended up at the feet of Sebele, who shot the ball past the keeper.

Tayou’s second goal came in the 79th minute after Sebele took a shot that Check blocked. Tayou was waiting for the rebound and ripped the second chance past Check to seal the victory.

Tayou finished the evening with five points and now leads the team in goals with six. Sebele’s fourth goal and seventh assist of the season gives him a team-leading 15 points.

Right before Tayou’s first goal, the Mountaineers had three corner kicks within a minute of one another. The second corner kick taken by sophomore Sebele was headed beautifully by Hagey. However, Check was able to punch the ball over the net making a fantastic save.

The Mountaineer defense played stout and only allowed the Golden Eagles one shot on-goal. The shot came in the 20th minute when Chris Madsen ripped a shot from 18 yards out that senior keeper Zach Johnson was able to corral.

Johnson finished the match with one save en route to his fifth shutout of the season. He is now only one shutout away from tying the all-time career shutout record of 37 set by Nick Noble in 2006. Johnson is also only 14 minutes away from breaking the all-time career minutes played record of 7,156, also set by Noble.

West Virginia finished with an 18-3 shot advantage and an 11-2 corner kick advantage. Sebele and sophomore Peabo Doue led all players with four shots. Doue and Tayou each had three shots on-goal.

With the win, the Mountaineers clinched home-field advantage for the first round of the BIG EAST Championship.

"It’s big," LeBlanc said of the home-field advantage. "We have proven that this place is a very difficult place to come and get a result."

The Mountaineers return to action in the final game of the regular season at Providence on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m.

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