WASHINGTON, D.C. – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw at American on Tuesday afternoon at Reeves Field.
The tie brings WVU’s overall record to 6-6-3 as the Mountaineers outshot the Eagles, 16-14. Junior Andy Bevin
and sophomore Ryan Cain
each had three shots for WVU.
There were not many legitimate opportunities until late in the second half and overtime. WVU junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston
picked up his fourth shutout of the season as he made five saves, including two in the first overtime period.
In the 72nd minute it appeared that Bevin broke the scoreless tie. Bevin rebounded a shot by Cain, but was ruled offside.
Both teams had chances to win the match in the final three minutes on goalkeeper mistakes. American goalkeeper Dylan Hobert misplayed a ball that stolen by Bevin, who was unable to get a shot off in the 87th minute. In the 88th minute, Johnston came out of his net and misplayed a ball that went just wide of the goal.
American’s best opportunity of the match was in the 107th minute as Joe Iraola launched a point-blank shot over the crossbar.
WVU returns to Mid-American Conference action when it takes on Western Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
The game will serve as the final Dollar Night of the season, with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each. Students are admitted free with a valid WVU student ID.
All fans are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume to the match.
As part of the Kick or Treat festivities, the Mountaineer Maniacs will conduct a costume contest with prizes for the best costumes. Also, concession items such as sausage and pretzels and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
Fans also are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the game to support the Mountaineer Food Bank. Those who do will receive a coupon for a free popcorn and a ticket for a future match.