MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team defeated Ohio State, 1-0, in an exhibition match on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“It was a pretty thorough performance for a week in. We connected a lot of passes and held the bulk of the possession,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We created some good opportunities, but what we didn’t do very well was really challenge them in terms of accelerating and getting into the box.”
Junior forward Andy Bevin
notched the only goal of the game in the 76th minute as he connected on a free kick from the top of the box that deflected off an Ohio State defender. Bevin earned the free kick after dribbling into the middle of the field and turning his defender, forcing an Ohio State foul.
Junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
recorded two saves in the shutout effort.
Ohio State’s best chance came in the 54th minute as Kenny Cunningham broke through the WVU defense and attempted to chip the ball over Johnston, who came out to play the breakaway. The chip shot hit the crossbar and Johnston was able to run back and punch the ball out of bounds before the ball trickled into the net.
WVU held the shot advantage at 14-6, as well as taking seven corner kicks to Ohio State’s six. Bevin led all players with four shots, two on goal. Senior forward Jay Williams
, sophomore defender Haydon Bennett
and sophomore forward Majed Osman
each had two shots apiece.
The Mountaineers return to action on Friday, Aug. 23, with a match at Villanova. Kick off is slated for 4 p.m.