By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
October 26, 2007
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In the final weekend of the regular season, it was only appropriate a pair of seniors scored the game’s only goals for the 19th-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team. Forwards Kim Bonilla and Kiley Harris each scored in a 2-0 shutout of USF Friday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead at the 36:12 mark when Bonilla dribbled past two defenders for the unassisted goal. The Dumfries, Va., native beat Bulls goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi from 12-yards out for her sixth goal of the season, third in BIG EAST play.
The Mountaineers added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute when Harris fired a shot on the ground for a 2-0 lead, her third of the season. The Cicero, Ind., native was left open in the middle where she sent a ball from 16-yards out into the lower left corner of the goal.
“It was a good win tonight because our team has faced so many teams with several different formations,” said head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “You have to give South Florida some credit though as they were kind of hanging back and waiting for a quick counter. It was a physical game and I’m proud of the effort our girls gave.”
Despite a rain-soaked field, WVU dominated the match from start to finish. West Virginia had several scoring chances early, and its best opportunity of the night came in the 27th minute in a scramble in front of the net. Four consecutive shots came up empty, finding the left post, the cross bar, a team save and the last shot was sent high over the goal.
Junior defender Robin Rushton was able to make several runs forward as she registered a game-high five shots. Overall, WVU oustshot the Bulls 25-0 and took eight corner kicks while USF attempted none.
WVU’s back line and midfield was stout again in posting a second consecutive shutout, its eighth of the year. Freshman Kerri Butler picked up the win in goal without a save.
USF drops to 4-9-2 overall, 3-6-1 in conference play. West Virginia’s win gives the Mountaineers a 12-4-1 overall record and 8-1-1 BIG EAST clip.
The win tonight, and 1-0 loss by Connecticut in double overtime at St. John’s, puts West Virginia in first place by itself with 25 points. A win or tie by West Virginia on Sunday gives WVU its second consecutive BIG EAST American Division Championship.
West Virginia plays its final regular season match on Sunday, Oct. 28, against Marquette at 1 p.m. Sunday’s contest is also Senior Day for five student-athletes: Ashley Banks, Kim Bonilla, Natalie Cocchi, Kiley Harris and Ashley Neal.