MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 12 West Virginia University men’s soccer team will play host to two non-conference opponents this weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Richmond comes to Morgantown on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m., while the Mountaineers welcome Duquesne on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m.
Friday’s match has been designated as a “Dollar Day” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for just one dollar each. The game also will be a Gold Rush, as fans are encouraged to wear the official 2011 WVU fan shirt to the game to win a WVU prize pack. Area youth soccer teams also are invited to attend in celebration of US Youth Soccer Month.
WVU (2-2-1) is coming off a road trip to California in which the Mountaineers fell to UC Santa Barbara 2-0 and played to a scoreless draw at Cal Poly.
Offensively, the Mountaineers are led by freshman forward Andy Bevin, who now has three goals in five games, and junior defender Eric Schoenle, who has one goal. Junior midfielder Uwem Etuk has recorded two assists, while Schoenle and junior forward Peabo Doue have recorded one each.
Richmond (0-3-1) comes into the match having scored one goal in each of its first four games and most recently tied No. 23 NC State with a 1-1 draw. The Spiders have been outscored 20-4 and outshot 92-38. Prior to the tie with NC State, Richmond was defeated by Virginia (7-1), Virginia Commonwealth (2-1) and Coastal Carolina (10-1).
Spencer Schiff leads the offensive attack with one goal and two assists, while Timmy Albright, Luis Perez and Brandon Hauser have one goal each. The backline features four veteran starters from 2010 that include Jonathan Stephenson, Michael Forsyth, Justin Karr and Hauser.
Goalkeeper Thomas Hand has started all four games this season for the Spiders and earned Atlantic 10 men’s soccer Rookie of the Week honors last week after making seven saves at NC State. Hand is 0-3-1, allowing 17 goals and recording 24 saves.
Former United States Olympian and Major League Soccer player Clint Peay is in his third season as the Richmond head coach and holds a 10-26-4 career record.
The squads have played each other twice, with WVU losing the most recent match, 2-1, at Richmond in 2003.
Duquesne (2-2-1) will be on the road for the first time this season when it travels to Morgantown. The Dukes won their first two games against Niagara and Valparaiso, before tying with Stony Brook and falling to Bowling Green and Air Force in their last three. They will travel across town to Pitt on Friday evening before traveling to Morgantown to take on WVU.
Offensively, Simon Gomez, a member of the Atlantic 10 Preseason all-Conference squad, has scored three goals and has recorded one assist. Derek Patrizio, Austin Lange, Adam Clement and recent addition Julio Perez each have recorded one goal.
Goalkeeper Colin Thorp is in his second season as the starter after being ranked 35th in the nation with a 0.82 goals-against average (GAA) in 2010. Thorp is 2-2-1 in 2011, making 20 saves and allowing six goals.
Head coach Jake Ouimet is in his sixth season with the Dukes and has led the squad to a 40-44-15 record during that time.
The Mountaineers look for a win after tying Duquesne in scoreless draws in both 2008 and 2010. The all-time series is 4-1-2 in favor of the Mountaineers.