The West Virginia men’s soccer team came out victorious for the first time in two months on Tuesday night, knocking off SIU Edwardsville, 1-0.
The Mountaineers’ last victory came nine matches ago when Rodrigo Robles Grajera netted a pair of goals and Andres Muriel Albino knocked in a goal in a 3-0 win over Penn on Sept. 28.
SIU Edwardsville came out firing in the opening half with a trio of shots on goal off the feet of Jorge Gonzalez, Lachlan McLean and Carl Hinkson.
WVU’s Rodrigo Robles Grajera then netted the lone goal of the night for the Mountaineers in the 42nd minute on a breakaway following a Tony Pineda assist for the one goal advantage.
West Virginia was only able to get off three shots in the period as opposed to SIU Edwardsville’s seven. WVU’s Tsubasa Takada and Josh DiMatteo sent the other two shots at the goal for the other pair of shots.
A pair of saves from goalkeeper Steven Tekesky in the 34th and 37th minutes proved to be the difference on the night and saved West Virginia from a deficit early in the match.
The Mountaineers will now take on Western Michigan on Friday at 3 p.m. from the campus of the University of Akron.