Mountaineers shot in MAC Semis

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DeKALB, Ill. – The 21st-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to Georgia State in the MAC Championship semi-final Thursday afternoon in DeKalb, Illinois.

The No. 2 seeded Mountaineers had eight backhand shots, hitting the post in the first half and the crossbar in the late second. GSU, the tournament’s third seed, found the back of the net in the 76th minute, which made the difference on a cold and windy day at NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex.

WVU (11-3-4) nearly opened the contest in a big way in the 11th minute when the red-shirted second-year defender Bjarne Thiesen was not marked on the back post. But his header attempt hit the woodwork, keeping the game goalless.

In the 43rd minute, second-year defender in a red shirt Sergio Ors Navarro had a good look at the goal, but his ranged shot attempt sailed high. Overall, WVU held a 4-3 advantage in first-half shots.

Fifth-year senior goaltender after halftime Steven tekesky was challenged but stepped up to make three key saves. The first came in the 52nd minute before the Raymore, Missouri native needed a dive to save Panther’s chance in the 60th.

Tekesky also got a 71st minute save before Georgia State (12-5) found its 76th minute breakthrough to take the 1-0 lead.

From there, the Mountaineers nearly tied the game in the 82nd with a great effort from the first-year defenseman. Frederik Jorgensen, who hit the crossbar with his attempt inside the box. It was the team’s last big scoring opportunity of the day.

Second year midfielder Ryan crooks led West Virginia with three shots in the loss, including one on goal. Thiesen also recorded a pair of shooting attempts.

With the result, WVU fell to 2-1 against the Panthers, including 1-1 this season. He has also grown to 3-7 in the MAC league since joining the league in 2012.

Despite the loss, Tekesky made his 80th career appearance for the Mountaineers on Thursday, which tied the program record for a goaltender set by Zach Johnson in 2010.

Next, West Virginia awaits its fate of the NCAA tournament with the men’s football selection show Monday at 1 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.

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