MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia males’s soccer crew’s final purpose is to make it to Louisville for subsequent month’s nationwide championship. Step one towards that purpose got here Sunday, when the Mountaineers defeated Louisville, 1-0, at a sun-splashed Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Senior Yutaro Tsukada’s purpose within the 72nd minute was the distinction because the Mountaineers (15-2-4) prevailed within the low-scoring affair in entrance of three,137 house followers.
“I believed they had been a worthy adversary on the day, I believed they performed properly,” WVU coach Dan Stratford mentioned. “They lasted longer than we’d’ve hoped by way of the vitality ranges, however halfway via the second half suppose we began to indicate territorial dominance.”
The Mountaineers had a flurry of possibilities within the lead-up to Tsukada’s purpose receiving two free kicks and two nook kicks in a five-minute span. None of these possibilities resulted in objectives, nonetheless.
“It was a bit bit irritating, however we felt that it was coming,” midfielder Ryan Baer mentioned. “In the direction of that center a part of the second half we began dominating the sport. It felt prefer it was coming and it did.”
WVU grabbed a free ball following a Louisville throw in and Tsukada discovered sufficient house to dribble left in entrance of the UL purpose and shoot again proper to seek out the web.
“We pressed and we obtained the ball after which I noticed house in entrance of me,’ Tsukada mentioned. “The middle again got here out to me and I shot and scored the purpose.
“It’s not my effort, it’s the crew’s effort.”
The Cardinals (12-6-3) gained a high-scoring first-round sport over Dayton, 4-3, on Thursday to advance to the second spherical. Because the No. 5 seed, West Virginia obtained a first-round bye and had per week of relaxation.
“So long as you’re nonetheless within the contest by the hour mark, which clearly we had been, then you definately wish to suppose it’ll begin to take over,” Stratford mentioned. “An enormous benefit by way of the bodily part, nevertheless it’s ensuring you recover from the psychological facets of managing the expectations and strain of being the five-seed.”
WVU dominated statistically after halftime, taking 10 second-half pictures to UL’s two with two nook kicks to the Cardinals’ zero.
Louisville had the primary high quality scoring probability of the sport 16 minutes in when Gage Guerra was offered with an open WVU purpose and the ball coming his method. Guerra’s sliding kick sailed harmlessly over the purpose, nonetheless.
West Virginia’s greatest probability of the primary half got here when Marcus Caldeira’s header was turned away by UL keeper Alex Svetanoff within the twenty first minute.
WVU stored the Cardinals off the scoreboard once more a couple of minutes later when a shot obtained previous goalie Jackson Lee, however was turned away by a West Virginia defender for a crew save.
Lee made two saves in a 40-second span within the closing 10 minutes to protect the win.
The Mountaineers will play the winner of UCF and Vermont within the third spherical of the event on both Saturday or Sunday of subsequent week.
With JMU’s 1-0 upset win over No. 4 Georgetown earlier Sunday, West Virginia holds home-field benefit for the third and fourth rounds of the event as properly.