Men's Soccer Beats Penn State

The No. 13 West Virginia men's soccer team defeated Penn State 1-0 today to close out the Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic hosted by Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

It was the first win of the 2007 season for the Mountaineers (1-1), who dropped the opener, 1-0 to the Buckeyes on a penalty kick.

Against the Nittany Lions, senior Andy Wright headed a goal into the far post in the 41st minute of the first half off of an assist by senior Dan Stratford. PSU fouled freshman Paul Paradise and WVU was awarded a free kick from 20 yards out. Stratford placed a high ball which found Wright who hit the net.

WVU, playing its most difficult schedule in school history, outshot Penn State 12-8. Goalkeeper Zach Johnson saw a full 90 minutes in his second collegiate game and recorded three saves. Both Wright and Stratford earned all-tournament team honors, who are nominated by each individual's head coach.

Next up, the Mountaineers return to Morgantown to host Duquesne on Sept. 10 in the team's first 2007 home game at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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