MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Despite 41 shot attempts, the West Virginia women’s soccer team failed to find the back of the net more than once, playing to a 1-1 draw with visiting Duquesne Thursday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“We are struggling to put 90 minutes together,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “That is something that we need to do.”
Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Mountaineers tied the match in the 48th minute on a goal from forward Kate Schwindel
. Forward Kelsie Maloney
played a short pass to the top of the box where Schwindel drove a ball into the upper right corner for her third goal of the season.
Midfielder Bri Rodriguez
started the play by carrying the ball up the middle of the field and slotting a ball into the box to Maloney. Maloney’s initial shot attempt was denied and knocked back to her, where she calmly played it back to Schwindel to even the score.
The Mountaineers (2-3-2) had plenty of chances in every period, including 19 in the second half. WVU’s 41 shots are the fourth-most in school history, and most since September 3, 2006, when the Mountaineers defeated Binghamton.
“It’s obvious we haven’t been able to finish in front of the net. And you are going to have those games (with a lot of shots), we just can’t give up goals as easily as we have been,” added Izzo-Brown.
The West Virginia offense picked up its pace in the second half and Schwindel nearly added a second goal in the 68th minute. The sophomore blasted a shot from long distance that ricocheted off the crossbar.
Maloney could not capitalize on two scoring opportunities in second overtime, lifting a ball over the crossbar and sending a shot wide of the frame.
West Virginia’s bad luck continued in the 105th minute as Frances Silva
sent a header off the left post. Defender Bry McCarthy
made a run up the left side and sent a beautiful cross into the middle where Silva was left open at the near post.
Silva worked all 110 minutes, finishing with 11 shots – the most in a single game since Laura Kane’s 13 attempts in October 2004.
Duquesne (2-3-1) finished with 12 shots, led by Paige Maloney’s five attempts. Maloney gave the Dukes a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute, making a run down the middle of the field and scoring on a breakaway from 15 yards out.
“We are all disappointed in the result,” said Schwindel. “We need to put these slow starts behind us and be more consistent.
“We have a lot to work on but I’m confident we can get this turned around.”
In the 25th minute, forward Morgan Herbert gave the Dukes their first scoring chance. Herbert turned on a defender in the box and sent a shot high of the goal from eight yards out. Sara Keane
made a brilliant save as time expired when Duquesne midfielder Stephanie Colon had a breakaway in transition. Keane came low off her line and pushed Colon’s shot out of bounds on the final play of the game.
WVU also held a 13-1 edge in corner kicks – a season-high for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 9, with a 1 p.m. match at Purdue.