Biggest game in West Virginia men's soccer history set for Sunday

Men's college soccer has a long history in West Virginia, dating back to the late 1960s.

Davis & Elkins was a national power, winning the NAIA title in 1968 and 1970 under Coach Greg Myers and finishing second in 1969 and 1971.

D&E's star was goalkeeper Bill Nuttall, who joined Myers when he moved to the NASL's Miami Toros and later became the U.S. men's national team general manager. Another member of the 1968 and 1970 national championship teams was Hank Steinbrecher, later U.S. Soccer's general secretary.

West Virginia Wesleyan later won five NAIA titles before both D&E and the Bobcats affiliated with the NCAA Division II.

Charleston won the NCAA Division II title in 2017 after finishing second in 2014 and 2016.

But there has been nothing like Sunday's matchup: Conference USA champion Marshall vs. Mid-American champion West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament.

The game at Hoops Family Field in Huntington is sold out for Marshall's tournament debut.

“Marshall’s season has been nothing short of phenomenal, and they’ve certainly earned the national seed that they were awarded,” WVU coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “We’re expecting a big environment at their place with lots of excitement.”

Under third-year coach Chris Grassie, Marshall advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history by sweeping the C-USA regular-season and tournament championships.

The Thundering Herd (15-2-3) is led by redshirt freshman Milo Yosef, the team leader with 11 goals, and junior Jamil Roberts, who is tied for fifth in the nation with 10 assists. Yosef is a product of Borussia Moenchengladbach's U-19 team with experience in the UEFA Youth League. Roberts, a junior, came from the Plymouth Argyle academy program in England.

In its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament, West Virginia advanced to the second round with a 5-1 win at Butler on Thursday. The Mountaineers got two goals each from sophomore Josh DiMatteo  and freshman Rodrigo Robles Grajera to win on the road in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1981.

State bragging rights will be at stake, but it will be the first meeting between between West Virginia's two Division I programs since 2004.

The Mountaineers lead the all-time series with a 15-5-1 record in 21 matches.

NCAA Division I Men's Tournament, Second Round:
Sunday, November 24

No. 3 Georgetown vs. Pittsburgh, 12 p.m. Big East Conference (YouTube)
No. 5 Indiana vs. Kentucky, 12 p.m. BTN
No. 1 Virginia vs. Campbell, 1 p.m. ACC Extra
No. 13 Michigan vs. Wright State, 1 p.m. BTN Plus
No. 11 Marshall vs. West Virginia, 2 p.m. ESPN3
No. 10 Virginia Tech vs. New Hampshire, 4 p.m. ACC Extra
No. 12 St. Mary's vs. UC Santa Barbara, 4 p.m. WCC Network
No. 14 UC Davis vs. Louisville, 4 p.m. BigWest.TV
No. 4 Wake Forest vs. Maryland, 5 p.m. ACC Extra
No. 15 Penn State vs. Providence, 5 p.m. BTN Plus
No. 16 St. John's vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Clemson vs. Charlotte, 6 p.m. ACC Extra
No. 9 UCF vs. Missouri State, 6 p.m. UCFKnightsTV1 (Twitch)
No. 6 Washington vs. Boston College, 8 p.m. Pac-12 Plus
No. 7 Stanford vs. Seattle U, 8 p.m. Pac-12 Bay Area
No. 8 SMU vs. Coastal Carolina, 8 p.m.
Note: All times ET.
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