MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A goal by Isaac Kannah in the 84th minute led Northern Illinois to a victory over the West Virginia University men’s soccer team on Saturday afternoon in Mid-American Conference action.
The Mountaineers fall to 8-5-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the MAC, while Northern Illinois improves to 5-8-3 with a 3-1-1 mark in conference play.
Kannah’s first goal of the season came off a cross from the right side by Matt Pritchard along the end line. Kannah received the pass and went to his left, taking a shot past senior keeper Pat Eavenson
, who was diving to his right.
Mountaineer freshman Majed Osman
nearly tied the game in the 85th minute on a hard shot from 30 yards out that Northern Illinois keeper Jordan Godsey made a diving stop on.
WVU finished with the edge in shots (10-9), shots on goal (7-4) and corner kicks (6-3). Senior Shadow Sebele
led the Mountaineers with three shots, while senior Eric Schoenle
and freshman Ryan Cain
each registered two shots.
WVU began to pressure harder in the 57th minute, led by three corner kicks in the span of one minute and a shot by Cain that was deflected out of play by Godsey.
The best chance for WVU came off the foot of freshman Jamie Merriam
in the 77th minute. Merriam had a shot go just wide of the net and off a Huskie defender after Godsey dropped a throw-in by freshman Zak Leedom
On the ensuing corner kick, Schoenle was standing by the far post and had a header that was saved with ease by Godsey.
The Mountaineers were able to hold off three early first half Northern Illinois opportunities, led by two from Karim Darbaki. One minute into the match Sean Totsch took a shot that Eavenson deflected into the left post. The ball knocked off the post and to the head of Darbaki, who headed it high.
Darbaki used a WVU defensive breakdown less than a minute later and had a breakaway against Eavenson, but lost possession right before taking a shot.
Sebele had the best chance of the first half in the 38th minute as he took a left-footed bender that was saved by Godsey.
The Mountaineers will host Kick or Treat when it takes on Stony Brook on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. The game will be the Mountaineers last at home in the regular season and the final non-conference match.
All fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume to the match. As part of the Kick or Treat festivities, the Mountaineer Maniacs will conduct a costume contest with gift cards going to the three best costumes. Concession items such as sausage and pretzels and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at a tent adjacent to the seating area.