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MAC Opener Results in a Draw

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The No. 3-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team played the University of Akron on Thursday evening at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The game resulted in a 0-0 double-overtime draw.

West Virginia (6-0-3, 0-0-1 MAC) almost was able to open the game with a goal in the 10th minute when junior midfielder Luke McCormick had a great shot that was saved. Freshman defender Frederick Jorgensen was able to curve a wide shot during the 22nd minute but was unable to score.

WVU had a first-half goal that was waved as offsides and kept the Mountaineers off the scoreboard.

During the first half, WVU went on a 4-1 advantage in shots.

In the second half, senior forward Ike Swiger took a chance on goal with a shot during the 53rd minute but drifted just above the goal. Senior defender Elijah Borneo was about to place himself in a scoring position inside the box where he was able to get a header. The ball went near the back post but was saved by the Zips.

With a score of 0-0, the game went into an overtime match-up. This was the Mountaineer’s third overtime game in the 2021 campaign.

During the first overtime period, redshirt sophomore defender/midfielder Sergio Ors Navarro’s attempted a shot during the 103rd minute but was saved by a diving catch.

The 0-0 match game then went into a double-overtime.

Swiger was given an opportunity with only 49 seconds to go but was saved.

“There were too many things that were below our standards tonight,” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “The work ethic was there, thankfully, and the application was there, but (Akron) posed us a different problem to other teams in the way they liked to jump the press. But it was good; I’m glad that we experienced it.”

The coach later said “Our depth came through for us again, and I think as the second half progressed, we were the dominant force. I’m glad they got through it and that we didn’t break when we were underperforming.”

In the end, WVU outshot Akron (5-2-2, 0-0-1 MAC), 11-7, including 5-1 in shots on goal. The Mountaineers also held the advantage in corner kicks 8-2.

Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made one save for his night and ended with yet another clean sheet of the season. This is his sixth clean sheet of the season and 26th of his career.

Moving forward, the Mountaineers will be traveling to Pennsylvania, where they will play Lehigh. The game is set for Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. ET.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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