MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will arguably have its toughest road trip in program history this weekend, taking on No. 6 Georgetown and No. 5 Indiana.
The Mountaineers will travel to take on Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 6 for a 4 p.m. match, followed by a match at Indiana on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Georgetown and Indiana met in last year’s NCAA Championship with Indiana winning the match.
“On paper it looks like a difficult weekend, but Georgetown has to do well throughout the year, Indiana has to do well throughout the year and West Virginia has to do well throughout the year for it to mean anything,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We know that these are two very good teams that win championships and we’ll have to be at our best to get results on the road.”
Against Top 10 opponents, WVU has a 7-13 record since LeBlanc took the helm in 2006.
WVU is coming off a weekend in which they went 1-0-1 with a 3-0 win over Central Connecticut State and a 2-2 draw against Radford.
Five different Mountaineers have scored a goal, paced by junior Andy Bevin
who now has five points (1 goal, 3 assists). Senior Craig Stephens
is second on the squad with four points (1 goal, 2 assists).
In goal, junior Lee Johnston
has only faced six shots on goal, making four saves and recording one shutout.
Georgetown (1-1-0) traveled West to open the season with a 2-0 loss at Cal and a 2-0 win at Stanford. Forward Steve Neumann, the Big East Preseason Player of the Year, scored both of Georgetown’s goals at Stanford.
“They were a national championship contender last year going to the final and they are a preseason favorite to be there again this year,” LeBlanc says. “Brian Wiese is an excellent coach and he has an excellent staff. The task at hand will be a challenge, but we think we are capable of going in there and getting a result.”
The Hoyas were chosen as the Big East preseason favorite and are led by Neumann and forward Brandon Allen. Both players were preseason All-Americans with Neumann being named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Indiana (1-1-0) opened at home last weekend, wining 2-1 against SMU and following 1-0 in overtime against UCLA. Midfielder Patrick Doody and forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen each netted goals for the Hoosiers.
“I’ve known (Indiana coach) Todd Yeagley for quite some time and he is a great coach who knows how to motivate his players,” LeBlanc says. “He has an excellent team, the environment is second to none with over 7,700 in attendance against UCLA and he has so many weapons.”
Indiana was picked as the favorite to win the Big Ten title, while midfielder A.J. Corrado was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and a preseason All-American.
Links to live stats and video streams are available by visiting WVUsports.com. The match between WVU and Indiana will also be replayed on the Big Ten Network.