WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – The West Liberty College soccer group returns to West Household Stadium on Saturday to host Glenville State in a Corridor of Fame Day matchup. Kickoff is about for 1 p.m.
The WLU Corridor of Fame will add eight new members throughout Saturday morning’s induction ceremony contained in the ASRC. These honorees – Heather Alcorn, Clay Beeler, Kevon Calhoun, Dave Cisar, Richard Foston, Doug Surra, Lynn Thompson and Kallen Weaver – will probably be honored on the sphere at halftime.
Coach Roger Waialae’s Hilltoppers (2-2, 2-1) look to maintain climbing the MEC ladder after blasting West Virginia Wesleyan, 31-0, in Buckhannon final week. The Pioneers (1-2, 1-2) are hoping to get again on monitor after dropping a 27-10 house determination to Wheeling every week in the past.
Final week’s shutout win at Wesleyan was the second goose-egg prior to now three weeks for the stingy Black and Gold defensive unit, which hasn’t allowed a degree on the highway all season. It’s the primary time West Liberty has had a number of shutouts in a season for the reason that 1995 Hilltoppers stored three opponents off the scoreboard.
“Our group protection was phenomenal at Wesleyan,” Waialae mentioned. “All people stayed of their lane, so to talk, and executed the sport plan. More often than not when you might have a powerful defensive recreation, there are one or two guys with actually nice stats. However on Saturday, it was actually unfold out with everyone simply doing what they have been alleged to do. That enables us to play to our strengths and we have to proceed doing that.”
The WLU offense greater than held up its finish of the cut price, racking up 260 yards of whole offense within the second half alone.
Senior QB Jack Allison accomplished 16-of-23 passes for 229 yards and a pair of TDs with no interceptions. Fellow senior WR Isaiah Robinson posted his second straight 100-yard receiving recreation with 3 catches for 118 yards – highlighted by touchdowns of 26 and 77 yards. Tailback Tyler Moler simply missed his third straight 100-yard speeding recreation with 87 yards on 21 carries.
The Hilltopper protection additionally put factors on the board within the waning minutes of the opening half when cornerback J’Aire Pritchett picked off a Bobcat go and returned it 36 yards for a landing, doubling the WLU result in 14-0 at intermission. It was one in all two interceptions on the day for the WLU protection, which ranks among the many High 10 nationally in turnovers pressured with six fumble recoveries and three picks.
“With each turnover, you’re successfully giving your opponent an additional possession,” Waialae mentioned. “We didn’t flip the ball over on Saturday however we bought two or three additional possessions. Now we have to deal with the soccer. Within the video games we’ve misplaced, we’ve turned it over however within the video games we’ve received, we haven’t.”
The numbers bear that out. The Hilltoppers dedicated a complete of eight turnovers in losses to Walsh (Ohio) and No. 6-ranked Notre Dame however didn’t have a fumble or interception of their wins towards Alderson Broaddus and West Virginia Wesleyan.
Glenville presents an fascinating matchup for WLU on Saturday as there’s a stage of familiarity between the 2 packages that’s most likely unmatched within the MEC.
Pioneer head coach Mike Kellar spent the 2018 season as Waialae’s affiliate head coach and offensive coordinator whereas Glenville State defensive position coach Brian Hill spent the final three years because the Hilltoppers’ defensive position coach. Kellar and Hill have been faculty teammates at Glenville.
Waialae doesn’t assume that familiarity offers both group a bonus.
“We share lots of the identical philosophies,” Waialae mentioned. “Should you take a look at the 2 groups on tape, there are lots of similarities. They stunning a lot know what we’re going to attempt to do and we just about know what they’re going to attempt to do. It’s all about who does it higher on Saturday.”