Schwindel Shines For Women's Soccer

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • September 16, 2012 05:30 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Forward Kate Schwindel tied two school records and Frances Silva netted a pair of goals in leading West Virginia past High Point, 6-0, Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Schwindel finished the afternoon with two goals – the first multi-goal game of her career, and three assists, including the game-winning helper. Her three assists in a match tie the school record, becoming only the fourth player to do so.

The sophomore’s seven points also tied a single match record. Schwindel’s seven-point outing is the first since Ashley Banks posted three goals and one assist against Georgetown in 2007.

“I can’t say enough about how hard Kate works out there,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “So, it’s almost not surprising to us as a coaching staff to see her put up these numbers.

“She was the Big East Rookie of the Year last fall. And when she makes her mind up (to go score), she is hard to stop. She can do some damage.”

West Virginia (4-3-3) held a 1-0 lead after 45 minutes before putting together five goals in the second half – also tying a WVU record for most goals in a half. In the 22nd minute, junior Kara Blosser scored her first goal as a Mountaineer on a header.

The Mountaineers quickly lit the scoreboard in the second half with two goals in the first three and a half minutes. Schwindel finished a breakaway up the middle in transition, followed by a Silva header on a cross from Schwindel on the left touch line.

WVU extended its lead to 4-0 in the 63rd minute as Schwindel spun on a defender near the end line and drilled a shot off the far post and into the net.

Silva recorded her third career multi-goal game with a second score in the 67th minute. Silva went high in the air and headed home a cross from Schwindel on the right flank.

Freshman defender Leah Emaus completed the scoring with her first collegiate goal at the 79:14 mark. Midfielder Ali Connelly served WVU’s sixth and final corner kick into the box where Jess Crowder found Halie Conroy who flicked it on to Emaus. Emaus volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Ivy Cocklereece to make it 6-0.

The Mountaineer defense recorded its second-consecutive shutout while holding High Point (1-4-4) to only two shots in the second half. WVU finished with a 23-7 edge in shots.

Midfielder Taylor Parker attempted a team-best three shots for the Panthers. The midfielder had High Point’s best scoring try on a shot from beyond the top of the box in the 17th minute. Parker’s shot forced WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane to back pedal and make a leaping save in front of the crossbar.

Keane finished with three saves and has not allowed a goal in the last 228 minutes of action.

“It was a positive weekend to finish up non-conference play,” added Izzo-Brown. “It’s a new season starting Friday when a pair of nationally ranked teams come to town.”

West Virginia begins Big 12 Conference play next weekend with a pair of home matches against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. On Friday, Sept. 21, WVU will face Texas Tech during the celebration of U.S. Youth Soccer Month.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, the Mountaineers will face defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State on Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as the WVU coaching staff makes a check presentation to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at halftime.