Utley Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • August 20, 2012 02:25 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - True freshman Kailey Utley was named the VSR Athlete of the Week following her three-point afternoon against visiting Western Carolina on Aug. 19.

Utley scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner yesterday, accomplished in only 62 minutes of work. A St. Louis, native, Utley logged only 13 minutes on Friday against La Salle before making her first collegiate start against the Catamounts.

Utley is one of nine Mountaineers to see their first action in a Gold and Blue uniform.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2012

Week 1: Kailey Utley, Women's Soccer

This Week in Women’s Soccer
West Virginia returns to action next weekend with a pair of matches at the Penn State Invitational … the Mountaineers will face Central Michigan on Aug. 24 at 5 p.m., and defending national champions Stanford on Aug. 26 at noon.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer
The Mountaineers went 1-1-0 last week, dropping their season opener to La Salle, 2-1, on Aug. 17 and defeating Western Carolina, 2-1, on Aug. 19 … leading 1-0, 20th-ranked West Virginia allowed two second half goals in a span of six minutes in its loss to La Salle, 2-1 … the Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead into the half behind a quick goal from defender Bry McCarthy, less than two minutes into the match … despite two goals allowed, WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane played very well, finishing with five spectacular saves … La Salle registered 12 second half shots on its way to outshooting WVU 14-9 on the night … a game-winning goal from forward Kate Schwindel in the 83rd minute pushed WVU past visiting Western Carolina … with the score tied at 1-1, forward Katie Utley tracked down a ball on the right side and sent a cross into the middle to Schwindel … the sophomore struck a ball off the right post and into the back of the net to make it 2-1 with under seven minutes to play … the Mountaineers built a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute off the foot of Utley … Schwindel led all players with a career-high eight shots, and forced a lot of action in the second half … WVU finished with a 24-6 edge in shots.

Notes & Quotes
Bry McCarthy’s goal against La Salle came just 1:18 into the match – the fastest goal scored by a Mountaineer all-time at Dick Dlesk … Kailey Utley recorded the first multi-point game of the season with her one goal, one assist effort against Western Carolina … nine Mountaineers, including eight freshmen, saw the first action of their WVU careers … both weekend opponents were first-time foes for WVU, now in its 17th season … three student-athletes were voted team captains by their teammates prior to the season opener: seniors Bry McCarthy, Bri Rodriguez and Mallory Smith.

This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team opens its 2012 season Aug. 24-25 … the team plays host to St. Francis (Pa.), Central Connecticut and Loyola-Maryland in the Mountaineer Invitational … the first match against St. Francis is slated to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, followed by Central Connecticut at 7 p.m … the Mountaineers will face Loyola-Maryland at 5 p.m., on Saturday.

Last Week in Volleyball
The team competed in the third annual intrasquad Gold-Blue scrimmage … the Gold team won the series, 3-1.

Notes and Quotes
The Mountaineers return three letterwinners from the 2011 squad that finished 7-19 (5-9 Big East) … the team is led by captains Karly Rasmussen and Liz Gulick … nine newcomers join the team, including two junior college transfers …sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy is the team’s only returning starter … McCoy finished first on the team in total blocks (82), third in service aces (12) and fourth in kills (138).

This Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers will host two games as part of the WVU Nike Classic at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium to open the 2012 season … Hartford will travel to Morgantown for the season opener on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., while WVU will host Stetson on Monday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer
West Virginia was idle.

Notes and Quotes
West Virginia finished the 2011 season with an 11-8-1 record, 6-3 in Big East play … the Mountaineers advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second-consecutive season … WVU returns 14 student-athletes and will welcome 11 newcomers.