Women's Soccer: WVU Falls In Road Match

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • March 11, 2012 03:30 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team dropped its first match of the spring season with a 4-0 shutout at Maryland on Sunday afternoon in College Park, Md.

After trailing 2-0 at the half, the Terps scored on a set piece to increase its lead to 3-0, before adding a late score to make it a 4-0 match.

“When you have seven freshmen on the field, mistakes are going to happen,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We were a bit tired from yesterday and made some mental mistakes. Against a team like Maryland, they will take advantage (of those mistakes) and put the ball in the back of the net.”

The Mountaineers received strong play from midfielder Nicolette DeLaurentis and defender Mallory Smith.

“I thought Nicolette and Mallory played hard and showed some leadership today,” said Izzo-Brown. “We have a lot of young talent on the field and they were demanding more from their teammates throughout the match.”

The quick road trip came on the heels of the program’s annual 4-versus-4 tournament to help fight breast cancer. Proceeds and donations from the small-sided tournament go directly to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

“It was a great turnout yesterday,” said Izzo-Brown. “It was a lot of fun for so many of us to be able to play soccer and raise money for such an important cause. I look forward to counting up the dollars and add to the contributions we have made for nearly the last 10 years.”

Eighty-five teams participated in the “Three’s a Team…the Fourth’s a Mountaineer” all-day event at the Caperton Indoor Facility. The WVU women’s soccer team has raised more than $72,000 over the previous eight years to help fight breast cancer.

The Mountaineers close out the month with an international tour to Spain on March 24 - April 1. This year’s exhibition tour travels to a number of cities, including Barcelona and Madrid. The Mountaineers will conduct training sessions and play a total of three games, while learning about the culture and history of the area.