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October 9, 2018 at 11:18 pm #71560
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team’s three-match win streak was snapped with a 3-0 loss at No. 17 Wright State on Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers (8-5-0) were shut out for the fourth time this season and the first time since Sept. 10. The Raiders (9-1-2) took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute and made it 2-0 in the 38th. They took a 3-0 lead in the 86th minute.
WVU was out-shot, 14-12, and held an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal. West Virginia was playing its first ranked opponent of the season, as Wright State improved to 5-0-1 at home.
“We didn’t compete, we looked like a tired team that has traveled, and we didn’t compete tonight,” WVU coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “They jumped on us 10 minutes into the game, and at the end of the day, they just out-worked us. Give them credit, because they out-worked us, but we were soft, and we got what we deserved on the night.”
Nine of the Mountaineers’ 12 shots came in the second half, with all four shots on goal coming in the final 45 minutes. WVU had six corner kicks, four in the second half, and WSU had five, all in the first half.
Sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made five saves, three in the first half and two in the second.
Senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc led the team with three shots, while junior defender Pascal Derwaritsch, junior midfielder Andres Muriel Albino and sophomore forward Spenser Myers each had two shots, one on goal.
It was a quick-paced beginning to the match, as both teams had a shot and a corner kick in the opening five minutes. WVU’s shot, which was wide, came from sophomore defender Kevin Morris off a corner kick, while WSU’s shot was saved by Tekesky in the third minute.
Wright State took a 1-0 lead at 9:45, off the foot of Stefan Rokvic. Jackson Dietrich picked up the assist.
Following the goal, the Raiders had a shot go high in the 11th minute, and Derwaritsch sent a shot wide in the 15th. While the pace continued, neither team had another opportunity in the final third until a WSU shot was blocked in the 24th minute and the Raiders added a corner kick 30 seconds later.
Tekesky made his second save of the match in the 28th minute, and Piatczyc followed with a chance from the near side outside the 18. His first ball in was blocked, but he got his own rebound and sent another ball in, which was grabbed by Wright State’s keeper.
On its ensuing possession, Tekesky made a great stop on a shot in in the 31st minute. The Mountaineer defense then prevented shots on back-to-back Raider corner kicks before WSU extended its lead to 2-0 at 35:57, on a header by Linden Eberle. Deri Corfe got the assist.
The home side held a 7-3 advantage in shots and a 5-0 edge in shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes.
The Mountaineers had several chances early in the second half, and Myers and freshman midfielder Josh DiMatteo each had shots in the opening 15 minutes, but they were both saved. In the 65th minute, West Virginia had a great opportunity on a corner kick by sophomore forward Tsubasa Takada, but WVU couldn’t convert on the ball in through the six.
Tekesky followed with a fantastic save in the 68th minute. He made a leaping grab on a ball aimed at the upper corner of the net. The WSU shot came off a rebound after the Mountaineer defensive wall blocked a free kick from 20 yards out.
West Virginia had another opportunity in the 75th minute on a loose ball inside the box, and Derwaritsch put a foot on it, but Wright State’s keeper was there to make the save.
WVU’s final chance came when senior forward Rushawn Larmond hit the post in the 82nd minute. The play began with a corner by Piatczyc, and junior defender Albert Andres-Llop then sent a ball into the box, to Larmond, who’s shot came from just outside the six.
Wright State made it 3-0 at 85:39, as Rokvic scored his second, assisted by Corfe.
West Virginia concludes a three-match roadtrip at MAC foe Akron on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. ET. The Mountaineers then return home for the final homestand of the season, beginning against SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
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