MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 21 West Virginia University men’s soccer team used goals from seniors Eric Schoenle
and Uwem Etuk
to defeat American, 2-0, on Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
WVU (4-2-1) controlled possession from the start of the game and recorded a season high in shots with 19. The Mountaineer backline held American (4-3-0) to just three shots in the match. WVU also held the corner kick advantage at 10-1.
“Today was probably a picture of how good this team can be,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “The football was excellent and the passing was excellent. We even had a spell where we put together 20 or 30 passes at one stage.”
Schoenle notched his second goal of the season in the 34th minute to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead. Freshman Ryan Cain
was on the goal line and sent a pass to senior Shadow Sebele
at the top of the box. Sebele sent a cross to the far post that a streaking Schoenle headed by American keeper Billy Knutsen.
Etuk added an insurance goal with his first of the season in the 58th minute. He used a stepover move and blasted the ball into the lower left corner of the net from 15 yards out. Freshman Jamie Merriam
started the sequence with a header to sophomore Andy Bevin
, who hit Etuk with a turnaround pass for the goal.
“It’s always good to get the first goal,” Etuk says. “We had plenty of shots today, the chances were coming through, and we put them away. It’s probably our most complete performance of the season.”
Bevin and junior Craig Stephens
had numerous chances in the 70th minute as a loose ball was being played around in front of the American net, but neither was able to get a clean shot on goal.
Cain nearly had a goal in the 79th minute as Etuk played a perfect through ball that Cain rocketed high from in front of the net.
American’s only shot on goal came from Charlie Hunter in the 39th minute as he hit a half-bicycle kick that WVU keeper Pat Eavenson
Eavenson recorded his third shutout of the season, making one save in the win. Knutsen made eight saves in the losing effort for the Eagles.
WVU will be in action for its first-ever Mid-American Conference match when it hosts Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m. For live stats and video stream of the match courtesy of Kroger, visit WVUSports.com