Soccer Teams Remain Ranked

West Virginia's soccer teams remained ranked after each split a pair of games during the opening weekend.

The West Virginia University men's soccer team (1-1) is now ranked No. 21 in the Soccer America weekly poll, released today, after going 1-1 last week at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic.

WVU fell to Ohio State 1-0 in the squad's season opener on Aug. 31. A penalty kick in the first five minutes of the match resulted in the game-winner for the Buckeyes. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Zach Johnson made his collegiate debut in the net for the Mountaineers recording four saves in a full 90 minutes. WVU posted seven shots and seven corner kicks

The Mountaineers defeated head coach Marlon LeBlanc's alma mater, Penn State, 1-0 Sept. 2, to close out the Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic. The win was the first of the 2007 season for the Mountaineers. 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. Both Wright and Stratford earned all-tournament team honors for their efforts.

Next up, West Virginia will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins in College Park, Md., for a 7 p.m. kick off on Friday. The game will be taped by CSTV and will air on tape-delay on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.

The women's team, meanwhile, also remained in the national polls following a 1-1 record during the season-opening weekend. The Mountaineers earned a No. 18 ranking from Soccer Buzz, No. 22 from Soccer America, and No. 23 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll. WVU has now been ranked in at least one of the three major polls for 54 of the last 56 polling weeks.

West Virginia will face another ranked opponent for the second consecutive weekend on Sunday, Sept. 9, with No. 15 Penn State coming to Morgantown. This past Sunday, WVU dropped a 3-0 decision at Virginia, now ranked No. 8 in the nation. Rankings are released every Tuesday evening throughout the season.

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