Men’s Soccer Opens MAC Against No. 10 Akron


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
September 28, 2013 02:07 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will open Mid-American Conference play with a match against No. 10 Akron on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Sunday 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. The game also will be a Gold Rush, with all fans in attendance encouraged to wear gold.

West Virginia (3-4-1) is currently riding a three-game losing streak after falling 2-1 to Penn State last Wednesday evening. Senior Craig Stephens scored his second goal of the season against the Nittany Lions, assisted by junior Andy Bevin and sophomore Majed Osman.

Bevin and Osman are tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece. Each player has four goals and four assists. Stephens is second on the team with two goals, while sophomore Jamie Merriam ranks No. 3 in assists with three.

Akron (6-2-0) has a three-game winning streak and defeated Ohio State, 1-0, on Tuesday evening. The Zips opened conference play last weekend with a 1-0 win over Bowling Green at home.

Midfielder Eric Stevenson has a team-leading nine points (3 goals, 3 assists), while forward Reinaldo Brenes is tied with Stevenson for a team-leading three goals. Forward Ismail Seremba and midfielder Adam Najem each have two assists.

Akron goalkeeper Fernando Pina has allowed five goals in eight starts with 18 saves and a 0.59 goals-against average

WVU trails the all-time series 2-9-1 and has not won since 1972. Last season at Akron, the Mountaineers fell 2-1.



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