Soccer Hitting the Airwaves

While West Virginia's American football team is set for numerous television appearances this fall, the sport known as football to the rest of the world is also increasing its TV exposure.

West Virginia's Oct. 3 men's soccer match at perennial power Connecticut will be televised by the Fox Soccer Channel. The match, which will kick off at 8 p.m. ET, will be one of four televised matches in which the Mountaineers will compete this season.

The broadcast marks the second consecutive season that West Virginia will be highlighted in the Fox Soccer Channel Men's College Match of the Week.

"Playing on television is certainly great exposure for our program," Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "And when you have an opportunity to do it on national television, on the No. 1 soccer channel in the United States, it is fantastic for our student-athletes, West Virginia University and all of college soccer."

The 2007 televised Mountaineers vs. Huskies matchup was a battle of Big East powers. At the time, Connecticut was No. 1 in the nation, according to the NSCAA/adidas poll, and West Virginia was ranked 20th. After 52 minutes of scoreless play, then-sophomore Jason Bristol headed in the lone goal of the game at 52:35 to give West Virginia the win.

Other televised games featuring the Mountaineers include matches against: Duquesne on Aug. 31, at 2 p.m., Ohio State on Oct. 15, at 8 p.m., and Maryland on Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. Each of the three games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium will be televised on PBS stations in West Virginia.

WVU opens its season at home with an exhibition match against Virginia on Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Mountaineers' regular-season commences on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., against Lafayette, one of two games for WVU in the West Virginia University Classic.

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