Sunday, September 6, 2009

West Virginia University Nike Classic Round Up

After winning their season opener vs the cup cake opponent of the year, the Gauchos traveled to Morgantown, W. Va. to take on West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

In a game where West Virginia set a school record for a attendance, UCSB spoiled the big celebration winning 2-0. Waid Ibrahim scored in the 15th minute. Then in the 65th minute, Gaucho senior David Walker scored on a pass from Martin Hedevag. The Mountaineers never recovered and fell to 0-1-0 while the Gauchos improved to 2-0-0.

In the rubber match up on an early September day, the Gauchos took the field vs the Panthers of Pittsburgh. With the crowd at a dismal 207, the few fans really got a show. The Panthers struck first with a goal by Ryan Brode in the 7th minute. With an answer at need, David Walker provided that with a shot to the far post which tied the game at 1 a piece. Then in the 38th minute, Pitt got back on top with a goal from Mike McDade. Then early in the second half, Danny Berrea put it in the back of the net. With the score 2-2 and late in the game, Pitt got another goal. This one came from the foot of Mike McDade to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead in the 81st minute. With time running out and hope slipping away, David Walker tied the game with a goal in the 87th minute which forced overtime. Then in the 110th minute, Danny Berrea sent in a cross which found Martin Hedevag's head which put the ball in the goal. The Gauchos won 4-3 in dramatic fashion.

Next up for the Gauchos are two home games at Harder Stadium. They will play Rutgers on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Soccer Channel. Then on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m., the Gauchos take on the Lions of Loyola Marymount!

Go Gauchos

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