MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No 4-ranked West Virginia College males’s soccer staff continues its four-match street journey by touring to Northern Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 9, in DeKalb, Illinois. Kickoff on the NIU Soccer and Observe & Subject Advanced is ready for 4 p.m. ET.
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“The previous few days have been about refocusing ourselves in preparation for a really tough match on the street,” WVU coach Dan Stratford stated. “NIU has proven to be a really high-scoring staff, which is a problem all by itself. They’ve additionally solely conceded just a few objectives on all the yr, which reveals they really are a aggressive, full staff. It is as much as us to key in on our defending and discover the again of the online.”
Saturday marks the twelfth total assembly between the Mountaineers (6-0-4, 0-0-1 MAC) and Huskies (9-1, 1-0 MAC). WVU holds a slim, 5-4-2 benefit within the all-time collection, together with 2-2-1 on the street.
West Virginia took down NIU twice final season, incomes a 1-0 win at residence on March 6, 2021, earlier than recording a 2-0 victory in DeKalb on April 11. In all, WVU has gained three of its final 4 over Northern Illinois.
The Mountaineers are coming off a 1-1 draw at Lehigh on Oct. 5, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Senior ahead Yoran Popovic scored simply 59 seconds into the competition, marking his team-leading fourth purpose within the final 5 matches. Nevertheless, a Mountain Hawk penalty-kick purpose within the seventy fifth minute leveled the rating line earlier than a pair of scoreless additional time durations.
WVU fired a season-high 25 pictures in opposition to Lehigh, and it held a 7-3 edge in pictures on purpose. West Virginia additionally registered 12 nook kicks, to the Mountain Hawks’ two.
With the outcome, the Mountaineers prolonged their season-opening unbeaten streak to 10 video games, good for the longest to start a yr in program historical past. What’s extra, WVU hasn’t misplaced to 12 matches courting again to final season, which is tied for its second-longest unbeaten streak ever.
West Virginia checked in at No. 4 on this week’s United Soccer Coaches Males’s Division I Ballot, which was launched on Tuesday. It marked the fifth straight week that WVU was featured within the ballot’s high 5.
The Mountaineers enter the weekend as one in every of simply seven Division I packages with no loss. Individually, fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky is ranked No. 3 within the nation in shutouts (6) and No. 8 nationally in objectives in opposition to common (.459).
Stratford enters Saturday’s fixture with a 73-7-10 report as a head coach, together with 12-3-5 with the Mountaineers.
Northern Illinois is led by fifth-year coach Ryan Swan, who’s 32-39-4 in his time in DeKalb. The squad has gained eight straight matches, courting again to Sept. 4.
Final day trip, NIU earned a 3-0 win over Western Michigan on Oct. 2, in Kalamazoo. The squad obtained votes on this week’s United Soccer Coaches ballot.
One of many highest scoring groups within the nation, NIU ranks No. 1 nationally in scoring offense and No. 4 in objectives. Nick Markanich has scored 12 instances, good for the nationwide lead within the class. In all, Northern Illinois has outscored its opponents, 30-3.
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