OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – West Virginia women’s soccer freshman Bryce Banuelos
and Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo defeated Virginia’s VSA Heat Blue and fellow Mountaineer freshman Daniela Neves
in overtime, 2-1, in the U.S. Youth Soccer national championship match Sunday.
Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo took an early 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on a goal by University of Kentucky commit Zoe Swift. Cassidy Mercier knotted the game at 1-1 early in the second half. After 61-scoreless minutes, Swift put Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo back on top in the 110th minute.
Banuelos and Neves will join WVU for the opening of practice on Aug. 7. The Mountaineers will open the 2013 campaign with an exhibition match against Rutgers on Aug. 13, at Dick Dlesk Stadium at 1 p.m.