MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will return to action this weekend with two matches, including one at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The Mountaineers will host Wright State on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m., before traveling to play No. 12 St. John’s on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. For a video stream of Friday’s match courtesy of Kroger, visit WVUsports.com, while Sunday’s match will be streamed via ESPN3.com.
“Somebody likened Wright State to a better version of Radford, so I assume it’s going to be a hard-working, scrappy team that’s going to be prepared to fight for every inch of the game,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “A win or a draw at West Virginia would be a big nugget on their resume.”
West Virginia (2-1-1) is coming off a 5-4 double-overtime victory over then-ranked No. 8 Indiana. Junior Andy Bevin
scored two goals, while sophomore Ryan Cain
notched the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute.
“It was just one win and we talked to the boys about making sure that 5-4 at Indiana doesn’t define our season, but catapults towards better things,” LeBlanc says.
Bevin continues to lead the team with nine points (3 goals, 3 assists), while sophomore Majed Osman
has two goals and two assists. Sophomore Jamie Merriam
is tied for the team lead with three assists.
Junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
is 2-1-1 with one shutout, a 2.06 goals-against average and 14 saves in four starts.
Wright State (1-1) is coming off a 2-1 loss at Robert Morris on Wednesday. Chris DuPont leads the Raiders with four points (1 goal, 2 assists), while Wesley Cain, Brett Elder and Eric Lynch have one goal apiece.
In goal, Wright State will go with Craig Feehan, who has allowed four goals and made 11 saves in two games.
Bryan Davis is in his fifth season at the helm of Wright State and has a 26-43-5 career record.
St. John’s (3-1) will be hosting South Carolina on Friday evening before taking on WVU, and the Red Storm already have impressive wins over Akron and Penn State. Jimmy Mulligan has a team-leading two goals on 14 shots, and Josh Godec, Casey Osborne and Sean Sepe have one goal apiece.
Rafael Diaz will likely get the start in net and has allowed four goals in four games, while making 14 saves and posting a 0.96 goals-against average.
Legendary coach Dr. Dave Masur is in his 23rd year at St. John’s and 27th overall as a head coach. Masur has posted a 317-103-70 record with the Red Storm.
Admission is free for WVU students with a valid ID, $5 for adults, $3 for youths 18 and under and seniors. Tickets are $2 per person for groups of 10 or more.