Women's Soccer: WVU Begins Road Swing
- By Tim Goodenow
- September 30, 2010 10:19 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team begins a four-match conference road swing this weekend. The Mountaineers travel to BIG EAST foes Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 1 and to Louisville on Sunday, Oct. 3.
“Cincinnati and Louisville have produced some good results early this season,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “They play well at home, especially Cincinnati with their turf. These teams have been in and out of the rankings all season and this weekend presents a tough challenge for our team.”
The Mountaineers, 5-4-1 (1-1-1 BIG EAST) on the season, will face the Bearcats at Gettler Stadium at 7 p.m. WVU concludes with the weekend with a 1 p.m. match against the Cardinals at Cardinal Park Soccer and Track Stadium.
West Virginia is coming off a 3-0 home win over Pitt on Sept. 28. For the second-straight match, and fifth time this season, the Mountaineer defense recorded a shutout as goalkeeper Kerri Butler made six saves. WVU received goals from midfielder Bri Rodriguez, her team-leading fourth of the season, forward Blake Miller and defender Bry McCarthy.
The Bearcats, 6-4-1 (0-3-0 BIG EAST) on the season, are led by third-year coach Michelle Salmon. UC is coming off an 0-2 weekend with losses to Notre Dame, the league’s top team, and DePaul.
The Cincinnati offense returns its top three scorers from a year ago and has been paced this season by two of those forwards in Emily Hobbeler’s team-best four goals and Kendall Loggins’ two goals and one assist.
Defensively, the Bearcats have recorded five shutouts behind the play of junior goalkeeper Rachel Barnette. Barnette has made all 11 starts, working more than 950 minutes in goal with 38 saves.
Karen Ferguson-Dayes is in her 10th year at the helm of Louisville soccer, leading her team to an 8-2-0 (2-1-0 BIG EAST) record in 2010. The Cardinals are 2-1-0 in BIG EAST player after splitting a pair of matches a week ago, defeating DePaul on the road and falling at home to Notre Dame. The Cardinals are receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Top 25 poll.
Freshmen Christine Exeter and Angelika Uremovich lead the UofL offense with a combined 10 goals and two assists on the season, while senior midfielder Caitlin Rehder has contributed three goals and three assists on 25 shots.
In goal, sophomore Taylor Vancil has played every minute of Louisville’s 10 games, recording four shutouts. Vancil stopped a conference-high 11 shots in Louisville’s loss to Notre Dame last weekend and shows 55 saves on the season.