Wright, Noble, Halsell Rate Big East Awards

The men's soccer team bettered its football counterparts with three selections on the BIG EAST's weekly list of honorees.

West Virginia University men's soccer player Andy Wright has been named the BIG EAST offensive player of the week, while goalkeeper Nick Noble has been tabbed the conference goalkeeper of the week.

Both players played integral roles in WVU's two conference wins last week to close the season undefeated in the BIG EAST. Wright, a junior midfielder from Liverpool, England, had his biggest game of the year against No. 6 Notre Dame on Oct. 18, as he assisted on the game-tying goal and then netted the game-winning goal in the second half.

Noble, a Damascus, Md., native, came up with a pair of big games between the pipes as he allowed just one goal, while recording 13 saves. The senior tallied seven saves in the Mountaineers' win over the Irish and then earned his ninth shutout of the season against Providence despite being without two of his starting defenders.

Junior Andrew Halsell also garnered praise from the BIG EAST as he earned a spot on the weekly honor roll. The Quentin, Pa., native played all 180 minutes last week for West Virginia in the team's center defense.

WVU stayed put in both polls that were released on Monday. CollegeSoccerNews.com kept the Mountaineers at No. 3, while Soccer America placed the team at No. 5. West Virginia has now been in the top five of one or more of the four major polls for the last four weeks and has been the highest ranked BIG EAST team the past seven weeks.

The Mountaineers return to action this weekend when they take on the winner of Seton Hall and South Florida in the BIG EAST quarterfinals at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va, on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


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