Roadtrip Continues at Penn on Tuesday

  • By Charlie Healy
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  • October 24, 2016 06:53 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Fresh off an top-25 upset victory on the road, the West Virginia University men’s soccer team travels to Philadelphia to face Penn on Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. ET.
Fans unable to cheer on the Mountaineers in person can watch a live video stream and follow live stats, which both can be found on WVUSports.com. Additional updates, news and notes will be available on social media by following and connecting with @WVUMensSoccer on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Mountaineers (7-5-1, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) are coming off a 3-1 upset victory at No. 22 Akron on Saturday night. Junior midfielder Joey Piatczyc scored just 39 seconds into the match to set the tone and junior midfielder Jad Arslan tallied two second-half goals in under eight minutes to seal the win.
Arslan, who scored the eventual game-winner in the 63rd minute before adding an insurance goal in the 71st minute, was named the MAC Player of the Week and the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday.
The Quakers (4-4-5, 2-2 Ivy League) are returning home from a three-match roadtrip, which they capped with a 3-0 win at Yale on Saturday. UP is 2-1-2 at home.
Arslan leads the team with four goals and nine points, while freshman defender Sebastian Garcia-Herreros and Piatczyc lead the team with four assists. Senior forward Felix Angerer has a team-best 24 shots and 14 shots on goal.
Junior goalkeeper Jose Santos, who has made 40 saves and recorded seven shutouts, is second in the MAC in both goals-against average (0.673) and save percentage (.816). Additionally, Angerer’s 1.17 shots on goal per game is third in the league and Garcia-Herreros’ 0.33 assists per game ranks fourth in the conference.
Penn is 4-4-5 and 2-2 in Ivy League play. The Quakers, who are 2-1-2 at home, concluded a three-match roadtrip with a 3-0 win at Yale on Saturday. The victory snapped a four-match winless streak. Penn’s lone match against a ranked opponent was a 3-0 loss at No. 14 Creighton on Sept. 9.
Rudy Fuller is in his 19th season as Penn’s head coach. He owns a 130-149-36 record and has guided the Quakers to three NCAA Tournaments, most recently in 2013.
WVU and Penn are 1-1 against each other, with both teams winning on the road. The Mountaineers earned a 1-0 victory in 2014 in Philadelphia before the Quakers earned a 3-2 double-overtime win in 2015 in Morgantown. Mike Desiderio scored the winner for WVU in 2014, while Felix Angerer and Rushawn Larmond found the back of the net last year.
Mid-American Conference play resumes on Saturday when the Mountaineers travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan, to face Western Michigan. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.
A goal by junior midfielder Joey Piatczyc just 39 seconds into the match and two second-half goals by junior midfielder Jad Arslan fueled West Virginia to a 3-1 upset victory at No. 22 Akron on October 22.
The Mountaineers scored in the opening minute and never looked back, as Arslan scored the eventual game-winner in the 63rd minute before adding an insurance goal less than eight minutes later. WVU handed the Zips their first conference loss since 2014.
Along with Piatczyc’s second goal of the season and Arslan’s team-leading third and fourth goals, junior goalkeeper Jose Santos made several big saves to contribute to the victory. Santos finished with five saves on the night.
WVU finished with 10 shots, seven on goal, while Akron had 19 shots, six on goal. Senior forward Felix Angerer recorded assists on the first two goals, and freshman defender Sebastian Garcia-Herreros notched an assist on the Mountaineers’ first score. Akron’s lone goal came in the 87th minute, off the foot of Brad Ruhaak.
Junior midfielder Jad Arslan was been named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week after scoring two goals, including the game-winner, in West Virginia’s 3-1 upset victory at No. 22 Akron on October 22.
Arslan recorded his second multi-goal match of his career and earned his second career MAC Player of the Week accolade after also being recognized as a freshman in 2014.
Both of Arslan’s goals at Akron came less than eight minutes apart, in the 63rd and 71st minutes. His first goal, which gave WVU a 2-0 lead, proved to be the game-winner, Arslan’s second of the season. Along with his team-high two goals, he led the team with three shots, all on goal, as the Mountaineers handed Akron its first conference loss since 2014.
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