Soccer Remains Unbeaten

West Virginia's soccer team was 1-0-1 in a pair of weekend matches to remain within a half-game of Seton Hall atop the Blue Division of the ultra-competitive Big East conference.

The No. 8-ranked West Virginia University men's soccer team put on a scoring display as they downed DePaul, 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. That win followed a 2-2 tie at #21 South Florida on Friday evening.

With the DePaul win, WVU moved to 6-0-2 on the season and 3-0-1 overall. The Mountaineers scored early against the Blue Demons, denting the scoreboard in the match's fourth minute. That goal held up until midway through the second half, when senior defender Chris Wittig drilled a 35-yard blast into the net for the first goal of his career. WVU added a capper in the final minute to cap the scoring.

In the contest, WVU put seven of its 13 shots on goal, while allowing just seven and two to the homestanding Blue Demons. Goalkeeper Nick Noble turned away both of those shots to increase his career-record shutout total at West Virginia.

The win provided a bit of a bounceback from Friday's contest, which WVU first trailed, then led 2-1 before yielding a match-tying goal in the 87th minute. Still, the 1-0-1 beginning to a three-game road swing is certainly as much as all but the most optimistic Mountaineer fan could expect.

Following the weekend's action, WVU remains the only unbeaten team in the league. However, Seton Hall (4-0-0 in conference play) and Providence (3-0-0) remain tightly bunched with the Mountaineers in the league's strongest division, which also features powers Connecticut and Notre Dame.

The road doesn't get any easier for WVU, as it wraps up the swing with a match against third-ranked Virginia on Tuesday.


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