WACO, Texas — Whether or not it was a pitch from a recruiting pulpit or just giving credit score the place it’s due, West Virginia College head soccer coach Neal Brown took a while in his postseason sport presser Saturday evening to reward the in-state expertise on the Mountaineers’ offense.
“I’ve tried to speak in regards to the children we have now from West Virginia we have now on offense,” Brown stated after the 34-31 comeback win at Baylor. “We’ve been actually, actually good on offense. And take a look at the variety of West Virginia guys who’re heavy contributors on offense.”
WVU (8-4) completed the common season with the highest speeding offense within the Large 12 Convention averaging 234.3 yards per sport.
That success can largely be attributed to key offensive linemen corresponding to middle Zach Frazier (Fairmont) and tackles Nick Malone (Morgantown), Wyatt Milum (Spring Valley) and Doug Nester (Spring Valley).
Brown turned emotional when talking about Frazier’s season-ending, and due to this fact, faculty career-ending damage, on Saturday and the way he sacrificed for the crew.
“I can’t say sufficient about Zach Frazier,” Brown stated. “One play sums up who he’s his total profession. I feel the younger man from Fairmont is the very best middle in faculty soccer. He had a big, however he limped off the sphere on one leg. He knew there can be a 10-second runoff if he stayed down. I plan on (teaching) for a very long time, and I don’t know if I’ll coach a middle that’s higher. My stage of pleasure (for this win) is subdued due to (Frazier’s damage).”
The Mountaineers even have a pair of key in-state broad receivers.
Hudson Clement (Martinsburg) caught 4 passes for a team-high 80 yards, together with key performs on the game-winning drive. He completed with 17 catches for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season.
Whereas complimenting Clement, Brown additionally made it some extent to present a shout out to undefeated Martinsburg, for its 49-26 playoff win over Huntington on Saturday.
Preston Fox (Morgantown) caught 26 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns. He left Saturday’s sport with an damage after catching three passes for 51 yards.
The Mountaineers will now await their bowl task, which is anticipated to be revealed on Sunday.
“We need to win, we need to be sure that it’s an gratifying expertise for guys, and we need to put together for subsequent season – we are able to do all of these issues,” Brown stated.
WVU tied for fourth within the Large 12 with Iowa State and Kansas State after being picked to complete 14th — final — within the preseason. In the event that they win their bowl sport, they’ll have their highest win complete for the reason that 10-win season of 2016.
BY MICHAEL SUDHALTER