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Second-Largest Crowd helps WVU beat Ohio State

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No.5-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team shut out Ohio State in front of the second-largest crowd at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

On Friday night the men’s soccer team had the second-largest crowd in Mountaineer men’s soccer history. The total headcount of the fans resulted in 2,443.

“Today was just about doing whatever it takes. Of course, we want to continue to be a team that plays good soccer, and I’d love us to be clinical enough to score a second goal, but, honestly, the only thing that really counted for me today was that we got the win” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “The guys are really excited, and they are very deserving of the rest they are going to get in the next two or three days.”

Fifth-year senior defender Kevin Morris scored off a corner kick to earn WVU an early lead that carried them through the rest of the game.

Freshman defender Frederick Jorgensen earned the assist on the early goal, allowing Morris to get a header on the Mountaineer corner kick in less than three minutes into the intense game. This got the Mountaineers on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead over Ohio State.

During the home game, WVU attempted four more shots on goal in the first half while keeping possession of the ball.

In the second half, West Virginia senior forward Adam Burchell got an amazing opportunity at the goal from inside the penalty box. Unfortunately, it was blocked by the Buckeye goalkeeper.

Fifth-year senior WVU goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made two saves, keeping WVU in the lead over Ohio State (1-3-1).

Both teams recorded two shots on goal, but the Mountaineers held an 8-4 advantage in shots in the win.

The Mountaineers also had an advantage in corner kicks, a season-high of eight, to the Buckeyes four.

Up next, the Mountaineers hit the road for the first time since Aug. 26, for an in-state game against No.12 Marshall on Friday, Sept. 17. The game will be held in Huntington, W.Va. at the Hoops Family Field at 7 p.m. ET.

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