The West Virginia Mountaineers have played their final match of the season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. It wasn't the end of a journey, however, but the start of a new one.
The NCAA's 5th seeded Mountaineers defeated Loyola Marymount, 3-1, Saturday afternoon and punched the men's soccer team's first ever ticket to the College Cup — the 2023 version of which is being held in Louisville, Ky.
The Mountaineers now know that they'll face No. 9 Clemson at 6 p.m. Friday evening in Louisville, with the other semifinal match of the night featuring No. 2 Notre Dame against Oregon State.
The winner of each, of course, will face off in Monday's NCAA Championship match at 6 p.m.
The win over LMU was the Mountaineers 17th of the season, extending the record-setting total after passing the 2006 team's 15-win record in the quarterfinals. That team featured a few familiar names recognizable as the coaching trio of Dan Stratford, Andrew Wright and Nick Noble.
The trip to the College Cup provides WVU with its best chance to win an NCAA Championship in a team-based, non-rifle sport since the women's team finished as the 2016 National Runner-Up.
With the Mountaineers just a few days from the first step in their new journey away from home, it seems fitting to take a visual look back at the win that closed out the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium slate and started the bus for Louisville.