MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia males’s soccer workforce defeated Vermont 2-1 within the third spherical of the NCAA males’s soccer match on Saturday afternoon in entrance of a bought out crowd at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
A late objective by defender Max Broughton within the 83rd minute made the distinction for the Mountaineers (16-2-4) on their solution to a program-record sixteenth win of the season. Broughton rose to fulfill a nook kick that was delivered into the field by fellow defender Freddy Jorgensen and positioned a header into the again of the web.
The Mountaineers earn their second look within the spherical of eight in three years.
“We talked rather a lot to the fellows concerning the success we’ve had this yr and all that we’ve completed, and right here we’re internet hosting an Elite Eight sport,” WVU head coach Dan Stratford stated. “Having the prospect to play at house on the deepest alternative potential within the match is large and I do know the fellows can be excited for the prospect to make historical past subsequent week as nicely.”
The Mountaineers bought the scoring began early within the first half because the opening objective got here with simply over three minutes performed. WVU ahead Marcus Caldeira gained a ball within the midfield and performed an ideal go into the trail of a sprinting Yutaro Tsukada. The left-winger flicked the ball over the goalie and tucked the ball into the far nook of the web to offer his workforce a 1-0 lead within the sport.
Vermont (13-6-2) did nicely to not let WVU add to the lead, because the momentum gained from the opening objective practically noticed one other scored shortly after.
With simply over half an hour performed, the Catamounts discovered the equalizing objective off the foot of Carter Johnson who labored the ball into the center of the sphere from the fitting wing. He rifled the ball towards the objective together with his left foot and a slight deflection allowed the ball to drift over WVU keeper Jackson Lee and into the web to tie the sport at one objective every with just below quarter-hour to play till halftime.
“I believed we began the sport nicely and thought we had been the higher workforce for the opening 25 minutes,” Stratford stated. “(Vermont) grew into the sport the longer it went on and their model of play type of turned the recurring theme. They carried on that momentum into the start of the second half however we had the grit and resilience that we wanted once we wanted it additionally.”
The Catamounts noticed the vast majority of the offensive possession by way of the primary quarter-hour of the second half however each groups had probabilities contained in the opponents 18-yard field that got here up empty.
Simply because it appeared either side had been slowing the tempo down with a view to keep away from conceding a vital objective, the Mountaineers broke by way of by the use of two defenders.
After a nook kick was gained with lower than ten minutes left in regulation, Freddy Jorgensen whipped the ball into the field together with his left foot and it was met within the air by Max Broughton and put into the again of the web.
A late save by WVU keeper Jackson Lee preserved the 2-1 lead and noticed the Mountaineers by way of to their second Elite Eight in three seasons.
“I believed we managed the ultimate 10 minutes nicely,” Stratford stated. “We’ve performed these issues nicely all season that now we have to do late within the sport to win; blocking pictures, placing your physique on the road. You may’t assist however watch the clock a bit of bit however for probably the most half we had been assured to see the match out.”
The Mountaineers will play host to both James Madison or Loyola Marymount Saturday Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.