MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 win over Central Connecticut State on Friday evening.
The crowd of 1,565 was the ninth largest to ever witness a men’s soccer match at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“We did enough to get the result, we were fishing in front of the goal,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We’re pleased we won the game, but we know we can be even better and that’s the scary thing. If this team doesn’t play well and wins 3-0 every game I’ll take it, but it will be scary to see how we are when we’re clicking on all cylinders.”
Junior Andy Bevin
registered a three-point evening with a goal and an assist, while junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
notched his first career shutout as a Mountaineer, making three saves.
Sophomore defender Francio Henry
netted his first collegiate goal in the fifth minute to give WVU an early 1-0 lead. Freshman defender Alex Ochoa
drew a foul with the ensuing free kick taken by Bevin. Bevin played the ball from about 45 yards out into the box, where Henry headed it past CCSU keeper Josef Abele.
Bevin grabbed his goal in the 28th minute, flicking the ball with his left foot past Abele following pressure along the goal line by freshman defender Kyle Richards
. Richards dribbled in the box and then took his defender down to the right side of the goal line before playing a ball to Bevin in the middle.
Senior Craig Stephens
scored the third goal on a strike to the far post from 15 yards out. Sophomore Zak Leedom
played a pass to sophomore Jamie Merriam
, who crossed field to Stephens for the final tally.
Johnston made the save of the match in the 56th minute as CCSU’s Zach Zurita fired a liner at point-blank range with Johnston punching the ball out of harms way.
Merriam nearly had a goal in the 62nd minute following a cross by Bevin, but Merriam sent a diving header over the frame.
The Mountaineers return to action against Radford on Monday Sept. 2 against Radford. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Following Monday’s match, there will be a free youth clinic for ages 13 and under, weather permitting. Participants should sign-up prior to halftime and bring a ball, cleats and shinguards.