WVU Stuns No. 5 Penn State

  • August 29, 2009 10:30 PM
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By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
August 29, 2009

#14 West Virginia 2, #5 Penn State 1
Jeffrey Field
State College, Pa.
West Virginia 1 1 - - 2
Penn State 1 0 - - 1
Stat Comparison
Shots 12 14
Shots on Goal 5 6
Saves 5 3
Corner kicks 1 1
Fouls 7 6
Scoring Summary
Megan Mischler (11)
Katie Schoepfer (37)
Blake Miller (57)
Top WVU Players

Blake Miller
4 Shots
1 Goal
1 Assist

Megan Mischler
2 Shots
1 Goal

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The 14th-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team stunned No. 5 Penn State, 2-1, Saturday evening to mark WVU’s highest ranked opponent defeated in school history. The Mountaineers previously beat No. 6 Penn State, 1-0, in the 2007 NCAA tournament.

“It was a battle tonight and both teams really brought their ‘A’ games,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We have so much respect for Penn State and were just able to capitalize on two scoring opportunities.”

With the score tied at 1-1, West Virginia regained the lead in the 58th minute on a goal from sophomore Blake Miller. All-American Carolyn Blank worked the ball into the middle where Miller dribbled the ball up field and past two defenders and sent a shot low and inside the right corner for her first goal of the season.

WVU struck first in 12th minute on a goal from junior Megan Mischler – the first of the season for the Mountaineers – to put the Mountaineers up 1-0. Miller sent a cross inside the six where Mischler one-timed the ball inside the left post for the score.

Penn State tied the match at 1-1 in the 38th minute on a shot from Katie Schoepfer. Schoepfer made one move and sent a rocket inside the right side netting for her first goal of the season.

The Nittany Lions’ goal snapped a scoreless streak of 243 minutes against the Mountaineers, dating back to 2006 (four matches).

WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler was excellent in goal, making five saves – one short of her career high. Four of Butler’s five saves came in the opening 45 minutes, including a glove-defelcting save on a shot from Danielle Toney in the 35th minute.

“I’m proud of the way we defended tonight,” said Izzo-Brown. “Our backs and mids were excellent.”

In the second half, Penn State threatened with a shot dinging off the crossbar and Christine Nairn took the rebound shot when Butler once again came up with a save on her goal line.

Two-time All-America goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made three stops for the Nittany Lions.

Miller attempted a team-high four shots and Schoepfer took a game-best five shots on the night.

West Virginia totaled 12 shots and one corner kick while Penn State attempted 14 shots and one corner kick.

Seventeen different Mountaineers saw action in the victory, including valuable minutes off the bench from Chelsey Corroto (55), Morgan Betscher (31) and Heather Saffel (29).

“Chelsey Corroto was the difference in the second half,” said Izzo-Brown. “She listened to us coaches when we saw something Penn State was doing and performed it to the max.

“Morgan Betscher came in and was able to hold the ball for us. Heather Saffel was excellent for us tonight. We were able to maintain the same level of play when the starters came out and our subs came in.”

West Virginia improves to 1-0-1 on the season while Penn State dips to 1-1-0. The Mountaineers have won four straight over the Nittany Lions, all by one goal margins.

The Mountaineers return to action on Monday, Aug. 31, at noon, in game two of the Penn State Invitational against BYU.