WVU, UK Play to Thrilling Draw
MORGANTOWN, WV — The West Virginia University men’s soccer team tied No. 2 Kentucky 3-3 on Saturday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
In an instant classic in front of 2,096 fans, the Mountaineers (4-6-3, 1-1-3 Sun Belt) trailed, 2-0, early but fought back to take a 3-2 lead in the 78th minute . However, the Wildcats (8-0-4, 3-0-2 Sun Belt) recorded the final count of the night to secure the tie.
Fifth-year senior forward Adam Burchel scored WVU’s first goal in the 24th minute, while the senior defender/midfielder in the red shirt Dyon Dromers scored a brace, finding the back of the net in the 61st and 78th.
The United Kingdom held a two-goal advantage after just 11 minutes after two consecutive goals. Then Burchell completed an excellent pass from the junior striker Yutaro Tsukada on the 24th to cut the deficit in half.
It stayed like that until halftime.
In the second half, Dromers tied it at 2 in the 61st minute with a goal from a Mountaineer corner. The native of Steensel, Netherlands scored again in the 78th spot in the junior midfield Ryan Crook’s help give West Virginia a brief 3-2 lead.
The advantage was short-lived, however, as Kentucky responded 23 seconds later to make it 3-3.
WVU nearly won in the final 10 seconds of the game when the midfielder/junior defender in the red shirt Sergio Ors Navarro had a header from a Mountaineer corner. But the luck was saved, robbing West Virginia of a victory at the buzzer.
Kentucky held a 17-11 advantage in shooting, including 7-6 in shots on goal. The Wildcats also got six corner kicks to WVU’s four.
Dromers led the way with three shots – all on target. In goal, sophomore goaltender in red shirt Marc Bonnaire made a career-high three saves.
With the result, the Mountaineers moved to 0-1-1 against the United Kingdom in the all-time series. The team are now unbeaten at home in 19 of their last 20 home matches, dating back to March 24, 2021.
Additionally, West Virginia is now 4-1-1 against the top three foes at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, which opened in 2004.
Then the Sun Belt Conference action continues as the Mountaineers travel to Harrisonburg, Va. for a game against James Madison on Wednesday, October 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
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