UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two first-half goals pushed Central Michigan past West Virginia, 2-0, Friday evening at Jeffrey Field in game one of the Penn State Invitational.
West Virginia played well for much of the opening half, but lapses in the first and final five minutes doomed the Mountaineers (1-2-0).
The Chippewas (2-0-0) took an early lead off the foot of forward Laura Twidle in the second minute. Midfielder Katie Slaughter dropped a ball over the back line where Twidle chipped WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane
for the 1-0 lead.
CMU added a second goal at the 43:08 mark on a shot from Morgan Wilcoxon. Wilxcoxon spilt a pair of defenders off a mis-clear, and drove a ball inside the right corner of the goal to complete the scoring.
West Virginia built an 8-4 shot advantage at the half, paced by midfielder Kara Blosser
’s three attempts off the bench.
The Mountaineers created several good scoring tries in the second half but came up empty in the final third of the field.
WVU’s best second half look came from forward Kate Schwindel
in the 71st minute. The sophomore sent a ball from the middle of the box that was deflected wide on a diving stop from CMU goalkeeper Stefanie Turner.
Central Michigan countered off the ensuing corner kick, creating a one-versus-one opportunity for Laura Gosse. Keane came off her line and denied a shot from Gosse inside the top of the box.Frances Silva
nearly lit the scoreboard in the 82nd minute, ripping a shot from 20 yards out that was pushed over the crossbar by Turner. Turner finished with five saves.
The Mountaineer offense continued to pressure in the final 45 minutes, registering 11 shots to finish with 19 attempts. CMU attempted three shots in the second stanza to finish with seven.
Schwindel posted a game-high five shots.
Sophomore defender Ali Connelly
played well in her first collegiate start, one of seven freshmen or sophomores in the starting lineup for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers return to action Sunday afternoon against No. 1 ranked Stanford. Kickoff at Jeffrey Field is slated for 12 p.m.