Men's Soccer Heads to West Virginia Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team will play its final non-conference match of the 2015 season on Tuesday, taking on West Virginia in Morgantown. Kickoff against the Mountaineers is slated for 7 p.m.

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Penn and West Virginia have met just one time in men’s soccer, a 1-0 win for the Mountaineers last season at Rhodes Field. WVU scored in the eighth minute, connecting on a free kick when Mike Desiderio headed in Andy Blevins’ service.

Penn is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Brown on Saturday night. The Quakers led at halftime, but conceded two goals in the final 16:43 of play. The game-winner came via a penalty kick in the 86th minute.

Alec Neumann had Penn’s goal in the loss to Brown, depositing his own rebound after he was initially stopped on a penalty kick in the 29th minute. The goal was the first of the season for Neumann, and ended a run of 1286:15 without a goal for the strike who had been undeniably snakebit this season.

The goal from Neumann keeps Penn on a pace where every goal scored this season as come via a player who will return to the lineup in 2016. Neumann’s strike is the lone goal by a junior, while Penn has seen four goals from freshmen and four from sophomores.

The injury bug continues to follow Penn around. The starting group on Saturday night was the 11th different starting eleven sent out for the Quakers in its last 11 matches.

West Virginia enters the game with a 6-10-0 record and a 1-3-0 mark in MAC play. The Mountaineers have lost four matches in a row, including a 2-0 defeat to No. 6 Akron on Saturday.

Joey Piatczyc leads WVU with 14 points, including a nation’s-best 12 assists. Jamie Merriam also had 14 points, including six goals. Ryan Cain joins Merriam with six goals, scoring on half of his shots on goal.

Alec Boerner is second among MAC keepers with 41 saves, and is 4-4-0 overall.