MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer won its second-consecutive game with a 3-1 victory over Stony Brook on Tuesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The win brings WVU’s record back to .500 at 5-5-1 and closes a five-game homestand.
“We played pretty well tonight, especially in the first half. That looked like our team early on this year,” coach Marlon LeBlanc says. “We were buzzing and flying around. We missed some chances, but the important thing is we created them and still found a way to score three goals.”
WVU held possession for the majority of the match and conceded just four shots, while taking 20, including five shots on-goal. Sophomore Majed Osman
took a game-high four shots. Senior Craig Stephens
, junior Andy Bevin
and sophomore Jamie Merriam
had three shots apiece.
Stephens had an excellent individual effort in setting up WVU’s first goal in the 38th minute. Stephens brought the ball up the right side of the field and took the ball into the corner. Flanked by two defenders, Stephens broke through and sent a centering pass to Osman, who easy slotted it into the net from the top of the 18-yard box.
“It was a great individual effort by Craig,” Osman says. “I pulled away and was open; he looked up and found me. All I had to do was put it in the back of the net.”
It was the fifth goal of the season for Osman, temporarily tying him for the team lead with Bevin.
WVU received some help from Stony Brook less than two minutes later when a shot deflected off a Seawolves defender. Freshman Alex Ochoa
began the sequence, taking a shot that was blocked unintentionally by Bevin. Bevin then gained possession, turned his defender, and fired a shot that was going wide, but was miscleared by a defender into the goal for an own goal.
Stony Brook cut its deficit to 2-1 in the 70th minute on another own goal, this time by the WVU defense. Keith McKenna took a shot that was deflected by freshman Jack Elliott
into the goal.
“We weren’t firing on all cylinders,” LeBlanc says. “There was a little lull in the second half that put them back in the game, but I’m really proud of the way we finished it and got the game back under control and found away to get the third (goal).”
In the 78th minute Bevin regained the team lead in goals with his sixth of the season on a penalty kick that a drawn by Ochoa. Ochoa entered the 18-yard box and was shouldered down to the ground by Stony Brook’s Mario Mesen.
Junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
improved his record to 5-3-1 without making a save. Stony Brook goalkeeper Carlos Villa lost his first match of the season, making two saves in the effort.
The Mountaineers return to Mid-American Conference play on Friday, Oct. 11, when they travel to Hartwick for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Links to live stats and a live video stream are available via WVUsports.com.