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WVU Heads to Georgia Southern for Road Finale

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 30, 2021) – The West Virginia University men’s soccer team hits the road to take on Georgia Southern on Sunday, Oct. 31, in Statesboro, Georgia. Kickoff at Eagle Field – Erk Park is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow along with all the action with live stats, courtesy ofgseagles.com. Additionally, the match can be seen live on ESPN+.

“Just like we’ve been preaching to the group this whole season, we have to go one at a time,” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “It will be key to focus in on this matchup despite the quick turnaround. The goal is to leave Georgia Southern with a good performance and a good result as we continue our push towards the postseason.”

Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between the Mountaineers (9-2-4, 2-1-1 MAC) and Eagles (4-10-1, 0-3-1 MAC). GSU is set to become WVU’s third first-time opponent this season, joining Lehigh (Oct. 5) and Kentucky (Oct. 19).

Sunday also is West Virginia’s second straight contest against a Mid-American Conference newcomer. Last time out, WVU topped Georgia State, 2-1, on Oct. 28, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. The Mountaineers used a pair of second-half goals by redshirt junior midfielder Dyon Dromers and sophomore forward Ciro Bourlot Jaeggi to lead them to victory.

WVU trailed, 1-0, at halftime but went on to outshoot the Panthers, 13-6, including 6-3 in shots on goals. Of note, Bourlot Jaeggi’s game-winning goal was his second in as many games.

The win over Georgia State was the Mountaineers’ 500th in program history. Additionally, fifth-year senior defender Kevin Morris played all 90 minutes in the contest, marking his 86th career appearance, good for No. 1 in program history. 

In all, the Mountaineers are 24-22-9 in MAC play since joining the league in 2012.

West Virginia was placed at No. 10 in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer Top 25, as well as No. 19 by College Soccer News. WVU also received votes in the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll. The Mountaineers have been included in at least one poll’s top 10 seven times this season.

Bourlot Jaeggi and senior forward Yoran Popovic co-lead WVU in goals, with four. In all, eight Mountaineers have recorded multiple goals so far this season.

In goal, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky entered the weekend ranked No. 11 in the nation in goals against average (.685) and No. 17 nationally in shutouts (6). Among active NCAA Division I goalkeepers, Tekesky is No. 1 in career minutes played and No. 3 in shutouts.

Stratford is 76-9-10 as a head coach, including 15-5-5 with the Mountaineers. He also is 6-4-2 in MAC matches at WVU since taking over the head-coaching role.

Georgia Southern is led by fifth-year coach John Murphy, who is 35-43-10 with the program. Formerly of the Sun Belt Conference, the Eagles are 4-10-1 on the year, including 0-3-1 in MAC play. 

Last time out, GSU fell to Western Michigan, 3-0, on Oct. 23, at home.

Despite just a 1-7 record on the road, GSU is an even 3-3-1 in matches played in Statesboro in 2021. Adam Davie leads the team in goals, with six. He has found the back of the net four times in the last four matches.

Press Release: WVU Athletic Department

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