MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team twice held the lead, but was unable to hold it, tying Radford 2-2 on Monday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
With the Mountaineers holding a 2-1 advantage in the 77th minute, Radford’s Garland Smith put home the game-tying goal after a defensive breakdown by WVU. Chel Ho Park Kim sent a ball across the goal line and Smith slid in, poking the ball under WVU junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
to even the score.
“The easy thing to do is to point to Lee on the mistake on the second goal, but that was a microcosm of a number of different mistakes that were made,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “Obviously both teams looked tired, however for us to have as much of the ball and play as we did, to let that game go in the end is disappointing.”
West Virginia (1-0-1) finished with the lead in shots (16-10), led by four off the foot of junior Andy Bevin
. Bevin finished with two assists, bringing his season total to five points in two matches.
Sophomore Jamie Merriam
notched his first goal of the season in the 12th minute, pinging a bending shot from 25 yards out past Radford goalkeeper Dane Wilson. Following a Radford turnover off a throw in, Bevin played a pass to senior Craig Stephens
, who one-touched the ball to Merriam. Merriam dribbled and took the shot past an off-guard Wilson, who was directing his back line.
Radford tied the game in the 58th minute on a turnaround left-footed shot by Bernardo Ulmo from 10 yards out. Ulmo lined the ball to the right of a diving Johnston to tie the score at 1-1.
Sophomore Majed Osman
regained the lead for WVU in the 61st minute on a bending shot from 22 yards out in the middle of the field. Stephens sent a pass to Bevin, who laid it off one touch for the blast by Osman.
Each team had chances in the overtime periods, starting with a free kick by Bevin at the top of the box in the 92nd minute that sailed over the frame. Sophomore Ryan Cain
had a great individual effort sequence in the 102nd minute, but lifted a shot over the goal.
The only save of the match came in the 106th minute as Park Kim sent a shot right into the chest of Johnston.
The Mountaineers will have their toughest road trip of the season next week, taking on two Top 5 teams. WVU travels to Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 6, followed by a game at Indiana on Sunday, Sept. 8.