The West Virginia men’s soccer team celebrated Senior Night inside Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Thursday evening by defeating Bowling Green University, 2-0.
The first half of action was very uneventful for both sides as the only shot on goal of the half came 29 minutes into the match. The shot was delivered off the foot of Luke McCormick in the bottom center of the net which had to be saved by Bowling Green (10-4-3; 2-2-2 MAC) goalkeeper Brendan Graves.
Three corner kicks occurred through the opening 10 minutes of the match as there were a number of kicks out of bounds on both ends of the field looking for early shot opportunities.
Bowling Green’s Alberto Anaya got the first look of the night 12 minutes into the match on a shot that sailed over the top right of the goal.
Only 10 minutes later in the half, Anaya footed another shot near the same spot he missed on the first attempt over the top right of the net.
It didn’t take very long for the Mountaineers (11-2-4, 4-1-1 MAC) to get on the board in the second half as junior midfielder Luke McCormick toed a cross kick in front of the net past Graves. The goal bounced through the bottom left corner of the net to give West Virginia the lone goal advantage.
Only one minute later, freshman defender Frederik Jorgenson found the back of the net on a shot a bit further out than McCormick’s but ultimately gave his Mountaineers the two-goal advantage, 2-0.
McCormick received many more opportunities for a chance at another goal the rest of the match as in the same minute as Jorgenson’s score and a couple minutes following saw McCormick toe a pair of shots.
One of the last chances at a third goal of the night came with 20 minutes remaining in regulation and fifth year midfielder Pau Jimenez Albelda taking a shot toward the bottom right of the goal for Graves to step in front for the save.
Then with only five minutes left in the match and Bowling Green down a pair of goals, Roberto Fernandez Garrido got a look on a shot at the bottom left of the goal. Mountaineer goalkeeper Steven Tekesky was able to step in front for his second and final save of the night.
It was a pretty intense night in Morgantown as three yellow cards were issued in the match, all coming for West Virginia players. The first half saw redshirt sophomore Bjarne Thiesen and sophomore midfielder Ryan Baer get called for yellows while freshman midfielder Otto Ollikainen was called for a yellow in the second half.
The Mountaineers will now travel to DeKalb, Illinois, for a MAC Championship first round meeting with Georgia Southern next Thursday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.