It was supposed to be a duel between No. 5 West Virginia's Jarrod Smith
(14 goals) and No. 7 Notre Dame's Joseph
(19 goals), but Englishmen Dan Stratford
and Andy Wright
were the heroes Wednesday night for the
Mountaineers in the much-anticipated Big East showdown.
To the delight of a sellout crowd of 2,153 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, West Virginia overcame an early Irish lead and won,
2-1, on goals by Stratford and Wright to improve its record to 13-1-2. Notre Dame (11-4-2) had a seven-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
"We shattered the attendance record by
a thousand," said first-year West Virginia coach Marlon LeBlanc
, "and I think it proves that we're catching on in this community."
knotted the game in the 17th minute on a shot from 22 yards off a pass from Wright. Eleven minutes into the second half, Wright won the game with arguably the Mountaineers' best goal of the season,
connecting from 12 yards to finish off a sequence that also involved Stratford and Smith.
Lapira, the NCAA Division I leading scorer, had his seven-game goal streak snapped. Cory Rellas
scored Notre Dame's only goal.
"This was a very close game," said Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark
played okay. We scored early and then they got back into it. Their second goal was very good. It was a good combination play." #1 SMU 1 SOUTH CAROLINA
For the second straight game, the Mustangs (13-0-3) had to settle for a tie. They gave up the tying goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation when Ayo Akinsete
pounced on a loose ball in the box and scored with Mustang goalkeeper Matt Wideman
out of position. Manuel Mariel
scored in the 34th minute for SMU, which remains the only unbeaten team in the NCAA Division I men's ranks. #5 WAKE FOREST
3 UNC GREENSBORO 0. Ryan Solle
opened the scoring for Wake from the penalty spot in the 19th minute after being taken down by Icelandic defender Henning Jonasson
, who was red carded on the play. Within 15 minutes, the Demon Deacons (13-2-1) had put the game with goals by Zack Schilawski
(snap header) and Steven Curfman
(swerving shot from 25 yards). Junior Brian Edwards
broke his own single-season record with his 10th shutout. #11 CLEMSON 3 UNC ASHEVILLE 1.
scored one goal, his 10th of the season, and assisted on another for the Tigers, who are now 11-3-1. Brazilian Frederico Moojen
the scoring for Clemson with his ninth goal of the year. DEPAUL 0 #21 CINCINNATI 1. Omar Cummings
in the 64th minute was the difference for the Bearcats, who lead the Big East's Red Division with 19 points with one match remaining. #25 SOUTH
FLORIDA 1 LOUISVILLE 1 (OT). Frank Jonke
evened the score in the 86th minute, a quarter of an hour after Hunter
had put South Florida ahead. The Bulls have qualified for the Big East Tournament, while Louisville has a precarious hold on the fifth and final spot in the Red Division.