West Virginia's reputation as a giant-killer grew Friday night when the Mountaineers knocked off Connecticut, ranked No. 2 in the Soccer America Men's Top 25, 1-0, before 1,773 fans, the second
largest crowd ever at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium and a nationally televised audience on Fox Soccer Channel. Jason Bristol
had been inserted
into the starting lineup for his first collegiate start in order to help shut down the high-scoring UConn attack, but the 6-foot-4 sophomore was the scoring hero, striking his first collegiate goal
with a header off Dan Stratford
's free kick seven minutes into the second half.
"I had a hunch that Jason would step up and he stepped up big for
us tonight," said West Virginia coach Marlon LeBlanc
after Friday's game. "It was a very important goal."
The win marked the third time this
season the Mountaineers have beaten a Top 5 team. On Sept. 7, they beat then-No. 4 Maryland, 1-0, on
Stratford's golden goal, and eight days later, they
beat then-No. 5 Duke, 1-0, on Paul Paradise
's late goal. GAME SUMMARY: Oct. 19 in Morgantown, W. Va. West Virginia 1 Connecticut 0.
Goal: Bristol (Stratford)
53. West Virginia --
Johnson, Bristol, Cunningham, Halsell, Carroll, Maworere, Stratford, Wright, Paradise, Lindroos, Anoia. Subs: Brooks, Gillespie,
Yost, Hagey. Connecticut --
Ford, King, James, Siriboe-Watson, Castillo, Pezza, Boa, Arad, Cordeiro, Priestley, White. Subs: Nicklaw, Chijindu, Holden,