Women's Soccer to Face Duquesne

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • September 05, 2012 12:43 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team returns to action this week with a home match against Duquesne on Thursday, Sept. 6. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is schedule for 7 p.m.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 0-0 draw with Miami last weekend at the WVU 90 Minute Classic. Goalkeeper Sara Keane worked all 110 minutes to pick up the team’s second shutout of the season.

“The team is very excited to get back on the field tomorrow and work hard for a full 90 minutes to earn a winning result,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “The players know the importance of tomorrow’s game and playing at home. Therefore, I look forward to seeing how ready this team will be to battle Duquesne.”

Sophomore forward Kate Schwindel has scored two of the team’s five goals this season on a team-best 24 shots. Freshman forward Kailey Utley and sophomore defender Jess Crowder have each contributed an assist.

Duquesne is led by first-year coach Al Alvin, who inherited a team that won just three matches a year ago. Alvin and the Dukes enter Thursday’s contest on a two-game win streak following victories over Niagara and Robert Morris.

Four different Duquesne players have scored goals this season, led by senior Morgan Herbert’s two scores. Sophomore Devon Tabata did not start the year in goal but has started the last three matches, making 11 saves.

WVU has never lost to Duquesne in five previous meetings. The Mountaineers scored a 4-0 shutout in 2009, their last meeting with the Dukes.

Admission is free for WVU students with a valid student ID, $5 for adults, $3 for youths 18 and under and seniors. Tickets are $2 per person for groups of 10 or more.