Huskies Mushed

The West Virginia men's soccer team made the most of its scoring chances against UConn, tallying three goals with just five shots on goal (eight shots overall), as they blanked the Huskies 3-0 on Saturday evening.

The victory moved the ninth-ranked Mountaineers to 5-0-1 on the season, and dropped the Huskies three points behind WVU in the ultra-competitive Blue Division of the Big East Conference. Coupled with Seton Hall's 2-0 loss to Notre Dame, West Virginia now sits alone atop the division.

WVU had but one shot on goal in the first half, but it was productive as Jarrod Smith headed a cross from Andy Wright into the net at 35:12 of the first half.

While West Virginia's modus operandi under new head coach Marlon LeBlanc has been to attack, the Mountaineers also showed they can play good defense while still pressing forward. WVU made the 1-0 lead stand up throughout the game, while adding two icing goals in the final two minutes. Keeper Nick Noble cleaned up the few chances that leaked through the Mountaineer defense, saving four shots to record his sixth shutout of the season and extend his school-record shuout total as well.

Dan Stratford put the game away when he buried a free kick in the upper right corner of the goal at 87:59 of the second half, and Smith followed just a minute later with an unassisted goal when he dribbled to close range and scored for his second tally of the night.

WVU's offensive style continues to pay great dividends. While marching to a 5-0-1 league record (9-1-2 overall), the Mountaineers hold a 24-10 scoring edge on its foes.

West Virginia returns home for another conference matchup against Pitt on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Panthers (2-2-1, 3-6-2) face Marquette on Oct. 1 before travelling to Morgantown.

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