WVU, Miami Play to a Draw

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • September 02, 2012 03:44 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 24 West Virginia women’s soccer team played Miami to a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in game two of the WVU 90 Minute Classic.

The Mountaineers, who were coming off of a physical 2-1 double overtime loss to Penn State on Friday night, found themselves in yet another aggressive tilt that saw the two teams combine for 38 fouls and five yellow cards.

“The double overtime game against No. 6-ranked Penn State on Friday night drained us emotionally and physically,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We were unable to find the net today, although we had our chances.”

The Hurricanes dictated the contest in the first half, as heavy rains slowed the pace of play.

Miami nearly put a marker on the board twice in the first five minutes of the game, but WVU’s defense was able to withstand the pressure.

At the 20-minute mark of the match, reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Jess Crowder broke up a scoring chancing in the box that looked sure to give the Hurricanes a lead.

“The field was slick in the first half, and we needed to settle down,” said defender Bry McCarthy. “Our passes were skipping, and we were finding it tough to generate any type of offense. After we found our feet in the second half, we started to play a little better.”

The Mountaineers’ first scoring chance of the contest came in the early moments of the second half, as forward Frances Silva lofted a pass to forward Kelsie Maloney. Maloney pushed the ball towards the box, but Miami’s Ally Andeini made a sliding tackle in the heart of the box to prevent a goal.

Shortly thereafter, WVU nearly put a marker on the scoreboard, as Maloney lofted a ball that deflected off the far post behind goalkeeper Emily Lillard.

“Kelsey hitting the post to begin the second half was something that lifted us a bit,” Izzo-Brown said. “Unfortunately, we just couldn’t put it away.”

After back-and-forth play for most of the two overtime sessions, the Mountaineers nearly got the golden goal in the 108th minute, as midfielder Bri Rodriguez found herself alone in the box after Kailey Utley centered a ball. Lillard came out of her goal to challenge Rodriguez and made a diving save to preserve the draw.

Miami held a 6-4 edge on shots on-goal and 7-3 corner kick advantage.

WVU’s record now moves to 2-3-1 overall, with its next action coming on Thursday evening against Duquesne at Dick Dlesk. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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