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WVU’s Defensive Resiliency Provides in 0-0 Draw

The West Virginia men’s soccer team controlled the ball much of the night only to end in a 0-0 draw after a pair of overtime periods of 10 minutes to Loyola of Maryland on Labor Day night. 

It seemed to be that the Mountaineers were handling the ball for the major portion of regulation and getting shots off but the Greyhounds goalkeeper Chase Vosvick was able to defend those off and put up seven saves in the net. 

“He was excellent at what he did, I spoke to the fourth official after eight minutes about what they were doing to slow the game down and the ball went dead and again I might not agree with it but I respect it, that was their plan,” WVU men’s soccer head coach Dan Stratford said. “They had a tactic and it worked.”

West Virginia was so dominant on the offensive end that they managed to get off 14 shots total as opposed to Loyola’s seven shots overall on the night. Freshman defender Frederik Jorgensen led the way for the Mountaineers with four shots followed by Luke McCormick with three shots. 

The Greyhounds were able to deny the Mountaineers of several shots throughout the first half making some key stops in the 26th and 43rd minutes. Fifth  year senior Pau Jimenez Albelda and redshirt sophomore Bjarne Thiesen made a few trying attempts at the goal for West Virginia but unfortunately came up short. 

“I think there was only one team that was going to win the game and sometimes you have days like today,” Stratford said. “So we had a couple nice chances in the first half that we didn’t quite convert and that’s really the only message I can give to the players

Steven Tekesky had a very quiet night in goal for West Virginia only collecting a lone save through 110 minutes. Tony Pineda was later the only player to attempt a shot in either overtime period for both teams.

Resilience was the word Stratford used to describe his team’s defensive attack on Monday and that’s exactly what it was holding a strong back line in front of Tekesky through a whole 110 minute match. 

“We finally kept a clean sheet so I’m pleased about that, I’m pleased about the defensive rhythm of the group and how we came on with 20 minutes of overtime. It’s obviously the first time a lot of those players are experiencing that so there’s plenty of positives we can still take from it,” said Straford. 

The Mountaineers are still winless against the Greyhounds stacking up with an 0-3-2 record all-time against the regional foe even with this match being the first meeting between the schools since 1987. 

West Virginia will now prepare to host another border state school in Ohio State this Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m. ET.

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