No. 25 WVU heads to Cincinnati this weekend
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011 23:09
No. 25 West Virginia men's soccer team will look to find its way back to winning ways Saturday when it travels to Cincinnati.
WVU (4-4-1) will try to earn its first Big East Conference win following a loss to No. 16 South Florida.
Despite outshooting James Madison 8-2 on Wednesday, the Mountaineers returned to Morgantown with a 2-0 loss.
West Virginia head coach Marlon LeBlanc declined to comment.
Junior Peabo Doue led the team with four shot attempts in the game.
Much like USF, James Madison was able to slow down the speedy WVU team by committing 20 fouls during the game.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati (3-5-1) is coming off of a positive result, playing crosstown rival No. 24 Xavier to a 1-1 draw.
Freshman Cole DeNormandie scored the Bearcats' only goal against Xavier and leads Cincinnati with five goals in the season.
The Lincoln, Mass., native was a two-time NSCAA All-American in high school.
Additionally, UC is led by two juniors from Jamaica.
Midfielder Shamar Shelton leads the team with three assists, while forward Leon Powell has two goals in the season.
The Bearcats, coached by former professional player Hylton Dayes, reached the semi-finals of last year's Big East tournament.
WVU won its last two meetings with these teams, both 2-0. In the most previous match in 2009, then-freshman Uwem Etuk recorded the game's winning goal.
The game will kick off at 7 p.m. at Gettler Stadium, and West Virginia will aim to end its road woes dating back to the beginning of last season.
The Mountaineers' last road win – neutral games not included – was Sept. 16, 2010 at Old Dominion. Since then, WVU is 0-10-3 on the road.