Soccer Returns To Pitch

The West Virginia University men's soccer team continues its six-game home stand when it hosts Bucknell on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Mountaineers posted a 1-0-1 record in its opening weekend as they defeated Fairfield on Friday, 1-0, and then settled on a 0-0 tie with Buffalo on Sunday. Despite the draw WVU dominated against the Bulls, recording 10 shots on goal to Buffalo's two.

WVU is now undefeated through its first two games for only the third time since 1982. 2006 marks the second season in a row begun with two shutouts, marking the first time in program history they have started with two shutouts in consecutive seasons

The pair of shutouts gave goalkeeper Nick Noble 28 in his career to tie Jon Capon for the school record. Dating back to last season the Damascus, Md., native has tallied four clean sheets in his last six matches.

Jyler Noviello enters Tuesday as the team's leading goal scorer with one goal, while midfielder Mike Anoia has an assist so far this season.

The Bison (0-0-1) opened their season on Friday with a 1-1 tie versus Binghampton at home in Lewisburg, Pa. Junior forward Kevin Holmes scored Bucknell's goal in the match off of an assist from teammate Chris Hennings to help his team escape with the tie.

West Virginia and Bucknell have never met before on the soccer field.


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