MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 4-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team found themselves shining over Saint Bonaventure on Saturday evening, winning 4-0. The game was held at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium at 4 p.m. ET.
The Mountaineers were able to get a lead over SBU late during the first half. The goal was scored by fifth-year senior defender Kevin Morris in the 33rd minute.
In the early second half freshman defender Frederick Jorgensen was able to get a ball in the back of the net. This gave the Mountaineers a decent pace going into the second half.
Two more goals were scored back to back during the 89th-minute of the game by senior forward Yoran Popovic and sophomore midfielder Ryan Crooks. The two goals were scored only nine seconds apart from each other, finalizing the Mountaineers win over SBU.
“It was really important for us to finish the game in the way that we did,” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “We got some good minutes from people off the bench. So, overall, it’s always pleasing when the scoreline is reflective of the performance.”
An overall recap, WVU continues its season-opening unbeaten streak to eight games. This record is tied for the second-longest to start a year in the history of the program.
The Mountaineers (6-0-2) started the game off strong, multiple players were given the opportunity for two scoring chances.
At the start of the game, Fifth-year senior midfielder Pau Jimenez Albelda attempted a shot in the first 90 seconds. Popovic sent another ball towards the goal during the third minute of the game but was saved.
Morris was able to put the Mountaineers on the scoreboard during the first half, marking his second goal of the season. Morris was able to get his head on the ball from a corner kick made from WVU. Goal assists were credited to Jorgensen and freshman midfielder Otto Ollikainen.
Moving into the second half, Jorgensen was able to get his foot on the ball during the 51st minute and score into the left side of the net to help WVU’s lead over SBU.
During the last few moments of the game, junior midfielder Kasimir Lauber and freshman defender George Pitsillides came together to get the ball to Popovic for WVU’s third goal. This marks Popovic’s third goal in the last three games. Just seconds later, Crooks was able to run the ball down to the goalside from a giveaway, indicating his first career goal.
WVU was able to outshoot SBU (1-5-1), 20-5 in total.
The Mountaineers recorded a season-best 20 shots overall, which includes 10 shots on goal. The Bonnies were limited to a result of five total shots.
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made two saves of the night, adding another clean sheet to his record. Tekesky now has a total of five clean sheets for this season.
Coming up, West Virginia opens a Mid-American Conference against No. 20 Akron. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography