By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
July 1, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Three West Virginia University women’s soccer players won a regional title with their club team last weekend. Drea Barklage, Blake Miller and Bri Rodriguez helped St. Louis Scott Gallagher Elite to a U.S. Youth Soccer U-23 Region 2 championship in Dayton, Ohio.
The trio guided Scott Gallagher to a 2-0 shutout over Ohio Elite Soccer Academy in the regional finals. They will now compete in the National Championships July 21-25, in Overland Park, Kan.
“Playing in the summer time is so important, but it also gives you a chance to try new things against new players,” says Miller. “Plus, it’s a lot of fun and we are looking forward to going to nationals against some quality competition.”
Rodriguez also led her Eclipse Select U-19 team to a Region 2 title last weekend. Eclipse Select outscored its opponents 20-4 in five matches, including a 2-0 shutout in the finals against Ohio Elite Soccer Academy.
Rodriguez is coming off an outstanding rookie season in 2009, starting all 23 matches in the midfield. She earned BIG EAST all-rookie team honors and was the lone Mountaineer named to 2009 BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team.
Barklage enrolled at WVU in the 2010 spring semester after two seasons of soccer at St. Louis University. With the Billikens, she was named a 2009 second team all-Mid-Atlantic region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a second team all-Atlantic 10 performer.
Miller earned the team’s most offensive player award last season. The forward attempted a team-best 66 shots and pushed her career point total to 29.
The Mountaineers begin the 2010 season with an exhibition contest against Indiana on Aug. 10, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.