By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
September 3, 2009
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||Junior Megan Mischler taps in the game-winner Thursday night.
Dales Sparks/All-Pro Photography
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 7/9 West Virginia women’s soccer team netted two goals in each half to post a 4-0 shutout against visiting Duquesne Thursday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“I was happy with our performance tonight and excited to score some goals in front of our home crowd tonight,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown following the match. “It was a good effort by our ladies, especially in the second half.”
West Virginia took a 1-0 lead and never looked back, the first strike coming in the 24th minute on a goal from all-BIG EAST forward Megan Mischler on a cross from midfielder Heather Saffel. Midfielder Caroline Szwed challenged Dukes’ goalkeeper Gabby Morrin for the pass inside the box, resulting in the ball going between the two to a wide open Mischler at the back post for a tap in.
“Caroline is really steady for us,” said Izzo-Brown. “She can control the tempo; she can connect passes for us. She is only a freshman will only get better each game as the season progresses.”
Forward Chelsey Corroto added a second goal in the opening stanza to put the Mountaineers on top 2-0. Szwed played a through ball to Corroto, who cut it back and fired a brilliant shot over top of Morrin.
Corroto nearly put the Mountaineers on the board first in the 23rd minute on a header from 10 yards out, forcing a diving save by Marrin.
WVU came out aggressive in the second half and added to its lead at the 47:42 mark on a goal from defender Erica Henderson. The redshirt sophomore connected on a pass from midfielder Bri Rodriguez, sending a header off the bottom of the crossbar for the goal.
Forward Bry McCarthy’s goal in the 56th minute completed the scoring to make it 4-0. On a counter attack, Mischler found the freshman to her left and McCarthy slotted a ball inside the far post for her first collegiate goal.
Junior Kerri Butler and senior Mallory Beck spilt time at goalkeeper to preserve the team shutout – its second of the season. Beck made one save in 25 minutes between the posts.
The Mountaineers out-shot the Dukes 15-5 on the night, including a 10-1 shots on-goal margin.
Mischler attempted a game high three shots for WVU while five different Dukes attempted shots for Duquesne.
Twenty-two different Mountaineers saw action tonight, including first career minutes for Nicolette DeLaurentis (27) and Mallory Smith (30).
West Virginia, 2-1-0 on the season, improves to 4-0-1 all-time against the Dukes, now 1-3-0.
The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday, Sept. 6, for a 1:30 p.m. home contest with Boston U. The match is the fourth contest in eight days for West Virginia.