MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 4-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team earned another win Tuesday night against Dayton. The end score was a 3-0 victory and was held at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
WVU currently holds an unbeaten streak holding a record of 5-0-2. Tuesday evening results in WVU’s seventh unbeaten match-up.
Senior forward Yoran Popovic set the Mountaineers off with a great first goal, scoring in the 20th-minute. Popovic was able to set the pace for the game and get the Mountaineers in the lead.
Following the 1-0 lead, redshirt sophomore defender Kyle Lehnert was able to slip a shot into the goal during the 77th minute, ensuring the Mountaineers lead.
“We knew (Dayton) was going to come with a lot of energy to start the game. I thought after about 15 minutes, we settled in, and then it was about making sure we got the second goal,” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “It took a little longer than what I would’ve liked, but I’m very pleased with how we came out in the second half.”
Popovic was able to find a loose ball in front of the goal early in the game, putting the Mountaineers on the scoreboard.
Sophomore midfielder Ryan Crookes was able to get a direct kick from the top of the box during the second half, but the ball flew just high of the goal.
Lehnert was able to make a goal during the second half from a pass by Fifth-year senior Pau Jimenez Albelda. The pass was received across the box, resulting in a 2-0 lead over UD. This was Lehnert’s first goal of his career.
During the 88th-minute, Popovic was able to make an outstanding pass to Lehnert emerged with another ball. Dayton tried to make a quick clearance but, a UD defender misplayed the ball resulting in an own goal.
Popovic was able to lead the way with four total shots during the match, including three that were on frame.
In goal, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky was able to keep UD off the scoreboard. This is his fourth shutout of the season and the 24th of his WVU career.
West Virginia (5-0-2) was able to hold an advantage 18-3 over Dayton in attempted shots on goal. Along with 8-5 recorded on corner kicks.
Moving forward, the Mountaineers are hosting another home game against St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Sept. 25th, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET.