By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
October 16, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. – Chalk one up for the weather at the West Campus Soccer Complex Friday afternoon in Villanova, Pa. West Virginia and Villanova fought the rain, wind, mud and chilly temperatures in playing to a 0-0 double-overtime draw.
“We played hard in some terrible condition today,” said WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We had some decent looks but couldn’t find the back of the net.”
The Mountaineers finished with a 17-10 shot advantage that included 10 shots on-goal. Forward Chelsey Corroto paced the Mountaineers with four shots.
West Virginia outshot the Wildcats after halftime by an 11-4 margin and took eight of its 11 corner kicks in the final 65 minutes of the contest.
In the 78th minute, defender Meghan Lewis took a shot off a Bri Rodriguez corner kick that was deflected off a Villanova defender.
Late in the first overtime, defender Erica Henderson blasted a shot from 18-yards out that appeared headed for the crossbar until a two-hand save by Wildcat goalkeeper Molly Williams.
In the second overtime, All-American midfielder Carolyn Blank received a corner kick inside the 6-yard box on a flick from Henderson. Blank put a foot on the ball, sending it towards the left post with Williams making the diving save.
Kerri Butler made two saves in working her fourth-straight shutout of the season – a scoreless streak of 380 minutes.
Williams finished with 10 saves on the day for Villanova.
The match, which was moved up 30 minutes because of harsh conditions in the area, was the seventh overtime contest of the season for WVU.
West Virginia moves to 7-4-5 (4-2-2 BIG EAST) while Villanova goes to 10-3-3 (3-3-2 BIG EAST).
The Mountaineers return to action with a match against Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m.