MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team completed a successful comeback over a pesky Wright State team, winning 2-1 on Friday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“We’re starting to see the physicality a little more,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We’re a young group and I think some teams are trying to take a little bit of an advantage of that. You give Wright State credit; they competed very hard.”
West Virginia (3-1-1) went down 1-0 in the 17th minute, but a goal from junior Andy Bevin
in the 24th minute tied the match and the game-winner came in the 70th minute from sophomore Majed Osman
to lead the Mountaineers to victory.
“They’re both starting to come into their own, they’re both very young players,” LeBlanc says. “I said to the guys that the goals and even the game-winner at Indiana were magical goals, but it was the buildup that was fantastic. When we start to flow like that, guys like Majed and Andy can do the finishing part.”
Osman’s goal was a screaming shot into the upper 90 from 35 yards out after receiving a lay off from freshman Alex Ochoa
. Osman took the pass, found space and ripped the shot past Wright State keeper Craig Feehan.
Prior to Osman’s strike the Mountaineers were knocking on the door as Bevin took a shot at point-blank range that was saved by Feehan. Three-straight corner kicks for the Mountaineers ensued, but nobody was able to get on the end of the service.
The Mountaineers held the shot advantage at 16-15, while taking eight corner kicks to the Raiders’ six. Osman led all players with six shots.
Junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
improved his record to 3-1-1, making two saves in the victory. Feehan picked up three saves in the losing effort.
Bevin tied the match at 1-1 in the 24th minute with his fourth goal of the season, striking a shot from six yards out. Sophomore Haydon Bennett
played a quick restart at midfield to freshman Griffin Libhart
. Libhart pushed the ball up the right sideline to Osman, who took it in deep along the goal line and centered to Bevin.
Wright State’s Brett Elder initially put the Raiders ahead 1-0 in the 17th minute as he received a pass from Wesley Cain and chipped a shot over Johnston.
The Raiders nearly tied the match in the 84th minute as Greg Marchand hit the post following a throw-in. The rebound went to Elder, but he was unable to get off a shot.
WVU returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 15, traveling to take on No. 12 St. John’s at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed via ESPN3.com.