MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will play host Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The game is the NSCAATV College Game of the Week and will be broadcast on NSCAA.tv. Thursday’s game also has been designated as a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for just $1 each. Additionally, the first 100 Mountaineer Maniacs will receive a Maniac soccer scarf. Admission is free for WVU students with a valid ID.
“Our record speaks for itself when the stadium is filled,” coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “When you play a school like Virginia Tech, which is a rival for us, you don’t get to see the Hokies in Morgantown very much. When you have an opportunity to have them come into Morgantown, you’d like to think your fans are going to show up and make this place a safe haven for your team.”
West Virginia is 2-0 with a 1-0 win over St. John’s last Friday and a 4-1 victory against Oakland on Monday. It marks just the second time WVU has started the season 2-0 since 2006.
“There were 28 teams in the country that went 2-0 in the first weekend and we’re one of them,” LeBlanc said. “To keep that going would be special. If we can get a win we’d get to 3-0 and have a win against a Big East team, a Horizon team and an ACC team in the first three games, we’d be pretty happy.”
Senior Andy Bevin, junior Jamie Merriam, freshman Jad Arslan and freshman Louis Thomas all have four points to lead the WVU offense. Merriam and Arslan have each scored two goals, while Bevin had one goal and two assists against Oakland and Thomas finished the weekend with four assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brent Arnold earned his first career win and first career shutout against St. John’s, finishing the weekend with five saves.
“We spent a little extra time on the film and a lot of the film has more to do with us than it does with Virginia Tech,” LeBlanc said. “The way we need to get the results is to make sure we continue to focus on what we need to do to be able to be efficient, be a better team and limit mistakes.”
Virginia Tech went 1-1 last weekend with a 1-0 overtime win at SIU-Edwardsville and a 3-1 loss at Saint Louis.
Brad Vorv leads the Hokies with one goal and one assist. Dylan Huber also added a goal last weekend.
Goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard made 10 saves and allowed three goals, facing 25 shots.
This will be the first match against the Hokies since 2004, when the Mountaineers fell 1-0. Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 7-3.
A link to the NSCAATV stream and live stats are available on WVUsports.com.