West Virginia University men’s soccer team No. 25 was unable to beat No. 4 Kentucky on Tuesday evening by a score of 1-0.
After both teams struggled to get the ball in the goal, the Wildcats during the 105th minute was able to find an open spot on goal. The goal resulted in the Mountaineer’s second loss of the season and the first non-conference loss.
During the first half WVU was able to get two shots on goal and six in the second. The Wildcats held an advantage over WVU in shots on goal resulting in 11-4. During the 42nd minute, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky had an outstanding save to keep UK off the scoreboard.
In the second half, both Ryan Baer and Ryan Crooks were able to take a chance on goal causing the Wildcat goalkeeper to protect the goal.
After the first 90 minutes, the game was scoreless.
The Mountaineers found themselves going into overtime for the fifth time this season. Both teams were unable to get a foot on the ball to get on the scoreboard.
The game resulted in double overtime as UK was able to secure the victory.
“We have to try to take positives from a quality performance,” WVU HC Dan Stratford said. “We have to take this on the chin and now show that there’s no hangover from this. I thought we created enough to win the game, but it only takes one. We’re disappointed in the regard, but this is one moment.”
Junior midfielder Luke McCormick and redshirt sophomore defender Bjarne Thiesen each were able to give shots to help WVU with a chance to score.
Tuesday marked the first game between WVU (7-2-4) and Kentucky (9-0-3). When the Mountaineers join Conference USA in the 2022 season, the two teams are set to become conference opponents.
WVU holds a record of 2-1-1 against ranked teams for this season.
The Mountaineers return home to host Elon on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. This will be the university’s first home game since Sept. 30. The game is set for kickoff at 2 p.m. ET.
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