BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A goal by sophomore Ryan Cain
in the 103rd minute gave the West Virginia University men’s soccer team a 5-4 double-overtime victory over No. 8 Indiana on Sunday evening at Armstrong Stadium.
Cain ripped a left footed shot into the upper 90 of the net from 25 yards away. Sophomore Majed Osman
played the pass to Cain, who received it on the left side of the pitch, took two touches and beamed a shot on frame.
The victory improves WVU’s record against Top 10 opponents to 8-13 since coach Marlon LeBlanc took the helm in 2006. The five goals scored against Indiana were the most scored by a Hoosier opponent since Sept. 3, 2006, when Indiana fell 5-4 to Notre Dame in overtime.
“It was a fantastic performance by the guys tonight with the difficult road trip,” LeBlanc says. “I’m proud of my team; we played very well, resilient. We had them pinned back in different stages of the game and then the momentum shifted a bit. It’s a good win against a good Indiana team that's going to win a lot of games this year.”
The Mountaineers relinquished the lead on three different occasions, but battled back for the victory, totaling 17 shots. Cain, Osman and senior Jay Williams
all had one goal apiece, while junior Andy Bevin
finished with two goals. Sophomore Jamie Merriam
added two assists.
The goal came after a number of Indiana chances in the overtime periods. Freshman Kyle Richards
recorded a team save along the goal line for the Mountaineers in the 102nd minute following a shot by Indiana’s Nikita Kotlov. On the ensuing corner kick by Dylan Mares, an Indiana player slotted the ball in the net, but he hit it with his hand and was called for the foul.
Junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
picked up six saves in the victory, while Hoosier keeper Colin Webb recorded five saves in his first career start.
West Virginia took the first five shots of the match, with the final one resulting in a goal by Osman. Freshman Alex Ochoa
laid a ball off to Osman on the left side at the top of the box. Osman settled the ball and whipped a shot that was deflected and went past a diving Webb for a 1-0 lead.
Indiana quickly took control of the match and had two shots on goal saved by Johnston before tying the match at 1-1 in the 33rd minute. Following a WVU foul, Harrison Petts played a free kick from outside of the box to the head of Jacob Bushue, who was able to redirect the ball and send a shot that rainbow’ed over the head of Johnston.
WVU quickly responded as Bevin netted his second goal of the season in the 35th minute to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead. Bevin received a pass from sophomore Jamie Merriam
and worked his way through the Hoosier defense before ripping a left-footed shot near post for the goal.
Merriam picked up his second assist of match when Williams made it 3-1 in the 55th minute. Merriam worked his way into the box and lined a shot that was deflected by Williams for his first goal of the season.
Indiana cut the lead to 3-2 in the 59th minute when Tommy Thompson held the ball along goal line on the left side of the pitch. Thompson sent a pass into the middle of the field where Petts one-touched it by Johnston to the far post.
Tanner Thompson slotted a ball past Johnston to tie the game at 3-3 in the 72nd minute for the Hoosiers after taking a pass from Mares.
Bevin scored his second of the match in the 74th minute giving the Mountaineers a 4-3 lead. Freshman Griffin Libhart
, who had just come on as a substitution, brought the ball down the right side of the field to the goal line. Libhart sent a ball to an unmanned Bevin, who easily trapped the ball and scored from point-blank range.
Indiana tied the game again at 4-4 in the 83rd minute on a nearly identical goal as the Hoosiers’ third. Bushue played a low pass along the goal line to the center of the field and Kotlov one-touched a shot by Johnston.
Merriam and Osman each took four shots, while Petts and Tommy Thompson led Indiana with five shots apiece.
West Virginia returns to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium for a match against Wright State on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m.