MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A scorching shot from 20 yards out by Colin McAtee gave visiting Michigan a 2-1 victory in overtime over the WVU men’s soccer team on Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The goal was the result of a foul call at midfield on WVU senior Jay Williams
against McAtee. Michigan’s Tyler Arnone took the dead ball and played it to his right for Ezekial Harris. Harris passed it forward to McAtee, who took a few steps forward and towards the center of the pitch and let a shot rip past WVU junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
for the golden goal.
“We were awful, absolutely terrible. I’ve never been as disappointed in a start to a game as I was tonight,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We were lethargic, we did things we don’t typically do, and it was a terrible start to the game. I have to take as much responsibility as they do. They weren’t prepared properly.”
West Virginia sent the game to overtime with only 17 seconds remaining in regulation when sophomore Majed Osman
cleaned up a mess in front of the net and put a shot over Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. The sequence began with a long throw-in into the box to sophomore Ryan Cain
by sophomore Zak Leedom
. Cain’s shot was blocked with the ball falling to the foot of Osman, who lifted it into the back of the net.
The Wolverines held the majority of the possession throughout the game, including a dominant performance in the first half, outshooting the Mountaineers 11-3. Michigan finished the game with a 14-13 edge in shots and a 12-7 advantage on corner kicks.
Michigan struck early on its first corner kick of the game with Harris sending a deflected shot past Johnston. Rylee Woods sent the in-swinging corner towards frame where McAtee took a shot that was blocked by Johnston with the rebound going to Harris.
Senior Craig Stephens
nearly tied the match in the 16th minute as he played a give-and-go with junior Andy Bevin
. Stephens ripped a shot towards the far post that was saved by Grinwis.
Sophomore Kyle Underwood
had a chance for the Mountaineers in the 54th minute off a through ball from freshman Alex Ochoa
, but was unable to put home the breakaway.
Osman played a through ball to Cain in the 64th minute, who was met head-on by Grinwis and was never able to get a shot off. A minute later, Osman took a bending shot from the top of the box that was punched out by Grinwis.
In the 79th minute, Bevin beat his defender down the sideline and sent a cross into the box for senior Jay Williams
, but Williams sent the header off frame.
Osman, Stephens, Williams and freshman Christian Diaz
all had two shots for the Mountaineers. Arnone, James Murphy and Fabio Pereira led all players with three shots apiece for the Wolverines.
Johnston made five saves in the loss compared to Grinwis’ four.
WVU continues its homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 25 for a match against Penn State. The Mountaineers and Nittany Lions will kick off at 7 p.m.
The match has been designated as a Dollar Day, with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each. For a video and audio stream courtesy of Kroger, visit WVUsports.com.