Women's Soccer Finishing Non-Conference Play

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • September 13, 2012 02:42 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team closes out its non-conference portion of the season with a pair of home matches this weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers will face Towson on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., and will meet High Point on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m.

Tomorrow’s match with the Tigers is a “Dollar Day,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for purchase for just one dollar each.

“Right now, each game is important for us,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We want to close out our non-conference schedule on a high note and carry that momentum into Big 12 play.

“But it’s important that we really focus in on Towson and High Point and get after them from the opening whistle to earn a winning result.”

The Mountaineers are coming off a 2-2 double overtime draw at Purdue on Sept. 9. Freshman Kelsie Maloney notched her first career goal and Kate Schwindel added her team-best fourth score of the season against the Boilermakers.

Coach Greg Paynter is in his sixth season at Towson, leading the Tigers to nine wins a year ago – their highest win total since 2007. Paynter’s squad features only two seniors on its roster, led by senior forward Cheyenne Skidmore. Skidmore, an All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) selection last year, leads Towson with three goals on 25 shots.

Defensively, Towson’s back line consists of three first-time starters. Sophomores Sofia Read, named to the CAA All-Rookie Team last season, and goalkeeper Erin Quinn lead a defense that has allowed 17 goals in seven matches.

High Point is led by fourth-year coach Marty Beall, who returns seven starters from a year ago. The Panthers play host to Elon tomorrow before traveling to Morgantown.

The Panthers are led offensively by junior midfielder Becca Hemby, who has registered a team-best four goals on only 18 shots. Hemby, along with four other All-Big South selections, return this season for High Point.

Center back Janay Whitaker and right back Sammy Vercellino, both All-Big South choices, anchor the Panther back line. In net, junior goalkeeper Jesse May has allowed 10 goals and made 43 saves in seven matches.

Fans unable to attend tomorrow’s match can follow the Mountaineers at home all season long via GameTracker and a free WebStream presented by Kroger at WVUsports.com.