Blue Knights to host West Virginia State


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UU receiver Jeff Garcia smiles after scoring a touchdown during a recent game. The Blue Knights host West Virginia State on Saturday at 1 p.m.

UU receiver Jeff Garcia smiles after scoring a touchdown during a recent game. The Blue Knights host West Virginia State on Saturday at 1 p.m.


Photo by Jenna VanHoose

The Urbana University football team will host West Virginia State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Blue Knights’ final home game of the season.

UU is 4-5 overall and 3-5 in the Mountain East Conference while West Virginia State is also 4-5, 3-5.

UU holds a 3-2 lead in the series after edging WVSU 36-35 last season. UU overcame a 28-6 fourth quarter deficit by outscoring WVSU 30-7 in the final 15 minutes.

The away team has won every game in the series, alternating wins since 2013. The last meeting in Urbana featured a four-hour lightning delay.

Game notes:

After winning four straight games, WVSU has now lost two in a row.

The Yellow Jackets have lost some momentum offensively having scored 36 points combined in the last two games after averaging 35 in the previous seven.

UU, which has lost four straight, has 10 touchdown passes in the last four games. The Blue Knights are averaging 14.5 yards per catch on the season.

UU’s Tyler Haines earned his first career victory as a head coach against WVSU in 2015 when the Blue Knights prevailed, 30-23.

UU falls in soccer

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The fourth-seeded Urbana University men’s soccer team fell, 3-0, to top-seeded Charleston in the Mountain East Conference men’s soccer semifinals at Schoenbaum Stadium.

Despite the season-ending loss, UU (8-7-3, 7-4-3 MEC) recorded its fourth straight winning season and fourth consecutive appearance in the MEC Tournament.

The Blue Knights fell behind early following what proved to be the game-winner scored by UC in the 12th minute.

Then, the Golden Eagles (16-0-2) added a goal right after halftime and a UU own goal near the end of the match. That was more than enough scoring needed for a squad that allowed only three goals against all season.

UC extended its unbeaten streak to 23 with the victory.

UU goalkeeper Jakob Henriksen posted six saves while the host Eagles held a 9-2 advantage in shots on frame. Jasminko Dizdarevic and Josh Neal had the only two shots on goal for the Blue and Grey.

UU did not attempt a corner kick during the setback.

The Golden Eagles will host Wheeling Jesuit in the MEC Finals Sunday afternoon. The third-seeded Cardinals moved past No. 2 seed Notre Dame in penalties, 5-4.

UU receiver Jeff Garcia smiles after scoring a touchdown during a recent game. The Blue Knights host West Virginia State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2018/11/web1_garcia.jpgUU receiver Jeff Garcia smiles after scoring a touchdown during a recent game. The Blue Knights host West Virginia State on Saturday at 1 p.m. Photo by Jenna VanHoose

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