Despite the West Virginia football team losing on Saturday 30-24 to Maryland, West Virginia fans still had a lot to cheer for this past week.
On Monday, West Virginia and No. 3 Pitt faced off in men’s soccer in front of a packed house at Dick Dlesk Stadium. West Virginia got on the board in the first half, carrying a 1-0 lead into the locker room. Early in the second half, Pitt scored, evening the game at 1-1. In the 76th minute, West Virginia scored on a header, to put them ahead 2-1, and help West Virginia complete the upset, winning 2-1.
“This was one of the most exciting crowds that I’ve been a part of,” head coach Dan Stratford said. “I remember playing in this type of atmosphere, and it makes a huge difference. You saw some of that passion and energy come out in our players, as well.”
On Friday, men’s soccer had another opportunity to defeat a top-20 team, as they played host to Penn State. In front of another raucous crowd, the Mountaineers were able to get on the board early after a Penn State player got sent off with a red card. In the second half, with West Virginia leading 2-0, Penn State cut the deficit to one, with a goal in the 83rd minute. The Mountaineers sealed the 3-1 victory, with a goal in the 89th minute from Jimenez Albelda.
These two victories were the first back-to-back victories against ranked opponents since 1998, with men’s soccer improving to 3-0 on the year.
Volleyball also had a good week, as they traveled to the Navy Tournament, to play No. 23 Michigan, and Navy. On Friday, West Virginia swept Michigan— winning 3-0, and claiming head coach Reed Sunahara’s 400th career victory.
On Saturday, volleyball swept Navy, improving its record to 5-0 on the young season, and are scheduled for another three games this upcoming weekend.
“I thought we played well against two really good teams this weekend,” Sunahara said.
Saturday was not kind to West Virginia football fans, as they opened their season facing off on the road against Maryland. West Virginia led 21-20 at halftime, but the offense stalled in the second half, only scoring three points. Maryland scored all 10 of their second half points in the 4th quarter. Quarterback Jarret Doege struggled, and the defense could not get a stop at the end of the game to give West Virginia a chance to get the ball back late.
Women’s soccer lost on Thursday to No. 7 Penn State 2-0, despite controlling most of the game. Penn State scored twice in 63 seconds to knock off No. 12 West Virginia, and drop them to 3-2 on the season, with No. 8 Georgetown scheduled for this Thursday.
Schedule of events for upcoming week:
Monday, Sept. 6: Men’s Soccer vs Loyola (Md.)
Thursday, Sept. 9: Women’s Soccer vs No. 8 Georgetown
Friday, Sept. 10: Volleyball @ American, Volleyball @ Canisus
Saturday, Sept. 11: Volleyball @ Buffalo, Football vs Long Island University
Sunday, Sept. 12: Women’s Soccer vs Saint Francis
Photo from WVU Athletics