Courtesy of Buffalo Athletic Communications
BUFFALO, NY - The UB men's soccer team was able to grab a second-half lead in its Friday night match against West Virginia, but could not hold off a rally from the visiting Mountaineers, losing 2-1. It was the home finale for the Bulls, who are now 3-11-3 overall and 1-4 in the Mid-American Conference. Nicolai Berry scored for the Bulls.
The Bulls came out with crisp passing in the first half, but neither team would be able to generate a quality scoring opportunity. Waleed Cassis, who would make eight saves in the game, pushed a long distance shot over the top bar that would represent the best chance for either side in the half.
In the second half, the Bulls would get on the board thanks to a goal from Nicolai Berry. The Bulls used a free kick near midfield, and Russell Cicerone would go back post into the box. It would find the freshman Kiwi, who drove his left-footed shot to the back of the net for his second goal of the season in the 54th minute. West Virginia would tie the game back up quickly, with a goal in the 63rd minute.
The Mountaineers applied constant pressure after netting the equalizer, and would ultimately own a 13-5 advantage in shots (including eight shots on goal). Cassis was able to make a number of saves, but was beaten by solid shots on both occasions. West Virginia's game-winning goal would come early in the 76th minute. Despite a full press forward and extra attackers, Buffalo was unable to maintain possession.
It was the final home game for two UB seniors - Jesse Andoh and Marek Albert. The loss officially eliminated the team from a chance at the four-team MAC postseason tournament. The regular season comes to a close next Saturday, taking on Northern Illinois at 6 pm.