The No. 19/24-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team takes on Wright State in the squad’s 2019 home opener on Saturday, Sept. 7. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET.
For fans unable to attend the contest, live stats, as well as a live stream of the match, will be available at WVUsports.com.
Along with collecting the 2019 men’s soccer schedule poster, the first 300 fans in attendance at Saturday’s match will receive a WVU rally towel. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting WVUGAME.com to avoid lines at the gate on game day. When purchasing online, tickets are $5 each and $3 for groups of 10 or more. All tickets are general admission.
At the stadium ticket window, tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors and $3 for groups on game day. The discounted online pricing will be available until kickoff of the match.
WVU students are admitted for free with a valid WVU Student I.D.
“(Wright State is) a fantastic team,” WVU coach Marlon LeBlanc said. “They have arguably the best front three that we’ll see all season long, and we’re going to see some good attacking players. They’re good, and people need to get past the name and understand the quality we have coming into town. We won’t underestimate them at all, and I think our guys will be up for it. Hopefully, the fans will understand that this is a very, very good opponent, and they’ll turn up and support the team, as well.”
Saturday’s match marks the 10th overall meeting between the Mountaineers and Raiders. The two squads last met on Oct. 9, 2018, a 3-0 Wright State win at Alumni Field at Rinzler Student Sports Complex in Dayton, Ohio.
In all, the Mountaineers lead the all-time series, 5-4, and they have never lost to Wright State in Morgantown.
Additionally, WVU owns an overall record of 99-36-18 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium since the venue opened in 2004. The squad went 9-2 at home a year ago.
WVU (1-1) concluded its season-opening road trip with a 1-0 loss to Delaware on Sept. 2, at Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium in Newark, Delaware. The Blue Hens scored the match’s lone goal in the 20th minute, before fending off five second-half shots on goal by the Mountaineers. Junior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made a season-high five saves in the loss.
Tekesky enters the weekend ranked No. 2 in the Mid-American Conference in saves, with eight, and No. 3 in the conference in goals against average (.500). Senior Andres Muriel Albino sits No. 4 in the MAC in total shots, with seven.
Wright State (1-1) is led by second-year coach Jake Slemker, who holds an overall record of 14-4-3 at the school. The Raiders, who were picked to finish first in the Horizon League preseason poll, began the season with a 4-1 loss at Central Arkansas on Aug. 30, before they topped Memphis on the road, 4-2, on Sept. 1.
The Raiders went 13-3-3 a year ago, advancing to the Horizon League Tournament Final. WSU fell to UIC in that match, 3-1.
Wright State features three players who scored 10 or more goals in 2018: Senior forward Alec Philippe (11) and senior midfielders Deri Corfe (10) and Stefan Rokvic (10). This season, Corfe and Rokvic have already tallied a pair of goals to co-lead the squad.
In goal, senior goalkeeper Joel Sundell started 18 matches for the Raiders last fall. Through two games this season, he has registered 13 saves.
Following the opening week of the season, West Virginia sits No. 19 in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll, as well as No. 24 in the United Soccer Coaches and TopDrawerSoccer.com polls.