(via: WVU Sports)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four unanswered goals lifted the No. 17 West Virginia University men's soccer team to a 4-2 victory over LIU Brooklyn in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Thursday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The Mountaineers (14-6-0) trailed 2-0 nine minutes into the match, but answered with a goal in the 15th minute and the match-tying score in the 35th. WVU took its first lead against the Blackbirds (13-6-1) in the 72nd minute and added a fourth goal in the 81st to advance to the NCAA Second Round for the seventh time in program history and sixth since 2005.
"We were playing well when we went down 2-0," WVU coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "They countered twice and scored two goals, and didn't really have much of the ball when they did it, but they were effective and efficient when they did it. I think from a coaching standpoint, I'm not happy about the goals that we gave up, especially when we were carrying the run of play at the moment. But, I wasn't worried, I felt like we were going to score. We had a lot of the ball early on, and we played extremely well. I just saw us, for the most part, stick to the game plan. We moved the ball very, very, well, side-to-side we had a lot of possession. And, understand, LIU Brooklyn is a high-possession team, and we had quite a bit of it tonight. I thought we were just very, very good."
West Virginia's four goals are tied for its most in an NCAA Championship match. Junior defender Albert Andres-Llop and senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc also tied program NCAA records, with two assists and three points, respectively. Additionally, WVU's first goal at 14:59 is its quickest score in NCAA Tournament play.
The Mountaineers are making their 13th NCAA Championship appearance in program history and first since 2011. WVU improved to 6-12-0 in the NCAA Championship and 5-2-0 all-time in NCAA action at home. Four of West Virginia's six wins have come in five appearances in LeBlanc's 13-year tenure.
With the win, the Mountaineers advance to the NCAA Championship Second Round to face No. 13-seeded Georgetown on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. ET, in Washington, D.C.