Friday, September 25, 2009

Colleges: West Virginia hands No.3 USF its first loss

West Virginia’s Abel Sebele scored just over a minute into overtime as the Mountaineers handed No.3 South Florida its first loss of the season 1-0 on Friday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Sebele seized on a pass by Alex Silva to slot his shot past advancing Bulls goalkeeper Jeff Attinella with 72 seconds gone in the extra period, sending the West Virginia players into a frenzied pile of celebration near the right corner flag.

Attinella had been the Bulls best player, and it was he that had allowed the game to go to overtime with a number of outstanding saves that kept the game scoreless. Most notable was a point-blank save early in the second half off a header by Moeryhan Doue after a perfectly played cross from the left by Ryan Gillespie found him at the far post, Attinella turning the ball away from just inside the post.

Attinella also made an excellent stop just before the end of regulation, getting down to his left to turn away a low, angled shot towards the right corner of the net from Doue on a late break down the Mountaineers left side.

South Florida, on the other hand, wasn’t sharp in the attacking third, failing to force West Virginia goalkeeper Zach Johnson into a single save while only attempting three shots overall.

The Bulls will have to regroup quickly as they now travel to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m., no doubt looking for a far improved performance.

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