Women's Soccer: Mountaineers Win Final Tune-Up

By Tim Goodenow for WVUsports.com
August 13, 2011 08:28 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team was successful in its final tune-up of the exhibition season, knocking off visiting Central Michigan, 2-1, Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

The Mountaineers took an early 1-0 lead after converting a penalty kick try in the fourth minute. The goal was set up by forward Frances Silva being taken down inside the box.

Forward Blake Miller doubled West Virginia’s score in the 53rd minute, sending a ball into the right side of the goal to make it 2-0. Miller framed the goal after a cross was sent in from the right flank and knocked around the box.

Central Michigan cut the lead in half with a goal in the 63rd minute. The Chippewas played a ball over the top of the Mountaineer defense who tried to lure them offsides, allowing the CMU forward to take two touches and chip goalkeeper Kristene Mumby to make it 2-1.

West Virginia held a 13-8 edge in shots and 7-4 corner kick advantage on the unofficial stat sheet.

“It was good to execute some of the things we worked on this week in training,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We are trying to get better each week, and we need to build off today’s effort to prepare for our season opener at Virginia.”

WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane made two saves in keeping CMU off the scoreboard in the first half, including a beautiful save just three minutes into the contest on a shot from inside the top of the box by a Chippewa forward.

The Mountaineers had a fine scoring chance midway through the first half as forward Emily Dillon found the crossbar on a header. The attempt was a result of a Miller shot that was saved and deflected back into play.

Silva had another fine look for the Mountaineers in the 49th minute, sending a header high over the goal from six yards out on a cross from Dillon.

Mumby worked the entire second half for WVU, coming up with two big saves in her first career action. She denied a low, long-range attempt in the 51st minute and made a diving stop in the 56th minute.

Central Michigan’s best scoring chance came with less than eight minutes remaining on a hard liner that sailed just wide of the left post. A CMU midfielder turned on a ball inside the box off a long throw-in, took one touch and blasted a shot wide of the goal.

The No. 13 Mountaineers begin the 2011 season with a trip to Charlottesville, Va., against No. 10 Virginia. Kickoff at Klöckner Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.

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