MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team used four second half goals, including two from junior Frances Silva
, to post a 5-0 blanking of visiting Towson Friday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“It was a nice collective effort tonight,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We really connected our passes and finally put some balls away.”
The five goals tonight are the most against a non-conference opponent since WVU’s 5-1 win over Xavier on Sept. 16, 2007.
“It is a funny game sometimes,” said Izzo-Brown. “We’ve been creating chances but simply weren’t finishing them. And putting one or two goals away changes the flow and tempo of the game.
“Tonight, our ladies did a great job of staying focused and finishing our chances in the final third (of the field).”
The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute off the foot of sophomore Kate Schwindel
. Senior Bry McCarthy
played a long ball into the middle where Silva flicked it on to a charging Schwindel. Schwindel took one touch and fired a shot from 22 yards out over the head of goalkeeper Erin Quinn and into the back of the net.
The goal was Schwindel’s team-leading fifth of the season. She has scored a goal in three-straight matches and four of the last five.
McCarthy doubled WVU’s lead in the 54th minute, slotting a ball on the ground past Quinn from 10 yards out on a run forward.
Silva extended the Mountaineers’ lead to 4-0 with goals in the 58th and 67th minute. Schwindel found Silva in the box for a header, and then finished a through ball from freshman Mia Gunter
Redshirt freshman Annalika Steyn
scored her first goal in a Mountaineer uniform, one-timing a shot into the net on a cross from freshman Kailey Utley
. Utley took the ball to the touch line and found Steyn open at the penalty kick area to make it 5-0.
WVU finished with a 20-4 edge in shots, paced by Kara Blosser
’s five attempts. Blosser nearly added to the scoring totals with a header in the seventh minute that was punched over the crossbar, and a second attempt in 17th minute forcing another save.
Towson forward Emily Banes took two of the Tigers’ four shots. The Tigers took three first-half shots before being held to one attempt in the game’s final 80 minutes and 50 seconds.
Twenty-two Mountaineers saw action tonight as West Virginia evened its record to 3-3-3, while Towson dropped to 0-7-1.
WVU closes out its non-conference schedule with a home match against High Point on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m.