Mountaineers Defeat Bulls

By Grant Dovey for
November 03, 2010 10:14 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Sophomore Eric Schoenle scored in the 50th minute to give West Virginia a 2-1 victory over South Florida on Wednesday evening in first round action of the BIG EAST Tournament at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

“We made a couple of tactical changes and I think the game is the greatest teacher,” LeBlanc said. “We did a knockout job scouting them and making sure we were prepared and we put a team on that we thought was going to give them a lot of problems.”

The goal was Schoenle’s fifth of the season and his third game-winning goal. The play began with sophomore Shadow Sebele taking a corner kick. Sebele sent the ball in to senior Dan Hagey who was near post and flicked it to Schoenle who was able to finish the ball past USF goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.

“The lineup he (LeBlanc) put out gave us that extra number in the midfield to give us more possession throughout the midfield. One of the things he (LeBlanc) harped on pregame was that we needed to win the midfield and we definitely did that tonight.”

The Mountaineers got on the board first in the 18th minute with a goal from sophomore Uwem Etuk. Junior Nick Claudio, who was getting his first start of the season, sent the ball into the box to Sebele who attempted a bicycle kick that ended up at the feet of Etuk. Etuk was able to hit a line drive right past Attinella for his first goal of the season.

“It was a good goal and there was handball on that play too that the referee let play on Shadow’s bicycle kick,” LeBlanc said. “It was a great goal and he did a fantastic job when he was in their tonight.”

The Bulls however, were able to equalize the match in the 34th minute when Javed Mohammed played a ball to Bernardo Anor who headed it right past Johnson and into the right side of the net.

The Bulls best previous chance was in the 15th minute when Shawn Chin took a shot that was heading right towards senior keeper Zach Johnson. The ball then deflected off a defender and Johnson had to dive to his left to save the ball on the goal line.

There was a flurry of opportunities in the 38th minute from the Mountaineers when Sebele took two shots that were blocked by USF defenders before junior Franck Tayou took a shot that was cleared off the goal line by a Bulls defender.

With the score tied, the Mountaineers earned a few early opportunities in the second half. In the first minute, senior Alex Silva had a header that was saved by Attinella. Only a minute later Hagey made a great run of the side of the field and passed it to Claudio who kicked it just wide out of bounds.

West Virginia finished the game holding the shot advantage, 15-10, as well as the corner kick advantage, 11-4. Sebele led all players with seven shots, while Anor led USF with three shots.

The defense played stout in the final 40 minutes of the game and only allowed a few USF opportunities. The win was also West Virginia’s ninth-straight at home this season after losing the season opener to Monmouth.

“Obviously our fans help us to win games and they are our 12th player when we come out here to play,” junior Raymon Gaddis said. “They motivate us to reward them with wins and it shows a lot about the character of our team.”

The win was the West Virginia’s first in BIG EAST Tournament since 2007 when the Mountaineers defeated Villanova, 2-0.

West Virginia will now travel to No. 1 Louisville for a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. The Cardinals hold a record of 14-0-2 overall and 9-0-0 in BIG EAST play.

All-time the Mountaineers are 2-3-0 against the Cardinals and have not won a game against Louisville since 2006.

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