MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior Bry McCarthy recorded the first multi-goal game of her career in leading No. 23-ranked West Virginia past Seton Hall, 4-0, in BIG EAST Conference action Friday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The win extended WVU’s conference win streak to 12 matches.
The first half was played with a lot of back-and-forth action until McCarthy put the Mountaineers on the board in the 43rd minute. Junior midfielder Bri Rodriguez sent a ball up the left side to McCarthy who drove a ball over the head of SHU goalkeeper Elizabeth Bond, landing the shot in the upper right corner for a 1-0 lead.
West Virginia (7-3-0, 3-0-0), winners of five straight, doubled its lead shortly after intermission on a second goal from McCarthy. The Ajax, Ontario, native bent in a corner kick at the near post in the 48th minute.
“My intention wasn’t to score, but I’ll take it,” said McCarthy. “Coach wanted me to drive it at the near post and I had enough on it to go over their goalkeeper.”
The Mountaineers attempted a season-high 29 shots and 13 corner kicks on the night, while the Pirates (6-2-2, 2-1-0) were credited with 11 shots and four corners.
WVU added goals in the 57th and 75th minutes from sophomore forwards Frances Silva and Emily Dillon.
Freshman forward Kate Schwindel raced past a defender and carried the ball to the end line, chipping Bond as she stepped off her line. The pass landed in front of the net where Silva finished the easy score for a 3-0 Mountaineer lead.
Dillon scored her second goal of the season by catching Seton Hall off guard with her long range shot. The sophomore sent a shot from 30 yards out that found the back of the net.
Silva and senior forward Blake Miller each took a game-best four shots, while goalkeepers Sara Keane and Kristene Mumby combined for WVU’s fifth shutout of the season. Today’s shutout was only the fourth in 12 meetings all-time with the Pirates.
Bond finished with a career-high 10 saves and teammate Amie Ruhe attempted a team-best four shots for Seton Hall.
The Pirates played their best soccer in the first half, creating five shots in the game’s first 18 minutes. A scramble ensued off SHU’s second corner kick, leading to a Stephanie Soma shot that went high of the crossbar in the 16th minute.
Seton Hall threatened again when a Pirate got forward inside the box and dummied a pass to the back side, where forward Katlyn Ritter sent a shot high of the goal.
The Mountaineers had plenty of scoring opportunities, leading to a season-high 15 shots on-goal – the most since an NCAA tournament match against Navy in 2007.
Silva nearly added a second goal on a filthy move midway through the second half. Silva held off a defender, turned and dribbled past her before shaking a defender inside the box, sending a ball just wide of the goal from 14 yards out.
Miller created a chance for herself in the middle of field, sending a shot at the right post that was deflected out of bounds by Bond.
Senior Morgan Betscher got into the mix after checking in to the ballgame, rifling a shot from deep on the left side that skipped to into the arms of Bond.
WVU returns to action against Rutgers on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m., a match that will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Calling the action for Sunday’s national telecast is Eric Frede with Tammy Blackburn handling color commentary. CBS Sports Network in the Morgantown area is found on Comcast [channel 288 and 854 (HD)], DirectTV (channel 613) and Dish Network (channel 152).
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