Men’s Soccer Hosts Penn State

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • September 24, 2013 02:24 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will host Big Ten foe Penn State on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Wednesday is a Dollar Day, with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each. WVU students are admitted free with a valid WVU student ID. For a video and audio stream courtesy of Kroger, visit WVUsports.com.

“Penn State is going to be a difficult match and we’re pleased to play them in Morgantown,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We certainly hope that we are going to go out and be the aggressor, but we expect them to be very stout defensively and put us under quite a bit of pressure. They’re a good side, but they’re not going to come in here and sit back, they’re going to try and beat us.”

West Virginia (3-3-1) is coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime defeat at the hands of Michigan last Saturday evening in Morgantown. Sophomore Majed Osman scored the game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining in regulation off assists from sophomores Ryan Cain and Zak Leedom. Michigan, however, scored six minutes into overtime for the victory.

Bevin and Osman are ranked No. 1 with 11 points in the Mid-American Conference. Bevin and Osman each have four goals and three assists, while sophomore Jamie Merriam is tied for the team lead with three assists. Five players have one goal and 12 players have at least two points.

Penn State (4-2-1) is coming off a 1-0 win over Duquesne last Sunday. Freshman Mark Wadid came off the bench to score his team-leading third goal of the season for the Nittany Lions.

In net, junior Andrew Wolverton has been sensational for Penn State, allowing just six goals and posting four shutouts with 19 saves in seven games.

Legendary collegiate coach Bob Warming is in his fourth season at the helm of Penn State. Warming currently ranks fifth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 419 wins.

“Bob has a team that is very disciplined and steady, they don’t concede many goals,” LeBlanc says. “They’re not going to beat themselves and that’s a sign of a good team and a well-coached team. It’s something I need to do better with my team, make sure we don’t beat ourselves.”

The teams used to play yearly dating back to 1965, but have only played three games since 1990. Penn State holds the overall series at 18-6-2, but West Virginia is 2-0-1 since the series was renewed in 2006.

Following this match, West Virginia will continue its five-game homestand with Akron (Sept. 29), Northern Illinois (Oct. 5) and Stony Brook (Oct. 8).