Silva Named Athlete of the Week


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
September 24, 2012 12:30 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Women’s soccer player Frances Silva has been named West Virginia University’s Athlete of the Week for her efforts in pair of Big 12 wins last weekend. The junior scored three goals, including both game-winners, and now leads the league in goals scored with eight.

Against Texas Tech, the Overland Park, Kan., native gave the Mountaineers an early 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute and connected on the game-winner on a penalty kick after being taken down in the box. She became the first Mountaineer to score multiple goals in three consecutive games.

Silva scored her second straight game-winning goal in WVU’s upset win over No. 7 ranked Oklahoma State. She has scored seven goals in the last four matches, and became the fourth different Mountaineer to score a goal in four consecutive matches, and the first since Megan Mischler in 2010.

The Mountaineers are 5-0-0 this season when Silva scores a goal. Dating back to last season, Silva has a goal or an assist in eight of WVU’s last nine conference games – all wins.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week
Fall 2012

Week 1: Kailey Utley, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer
Week 3: Evyn McCoy, Volleyball
Week 4: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 5: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Week 6: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer

Women's Soccer
- This Week in Women’s Soccer
West Virginia returns to action on Friday, Sept. 28, for its Big 12 road contest at TCU … kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

- Last Week in Women’s Soccer
Junior forward Frances Silva scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 79th minute to lead West Virginia past visiting Texas Tech, 3-2, on Sept. 21 … the win gave West Virginia its first victory as members of the Big 12 Conference … Silva buried a penalty kick after being taken down inside the box on a perfect through ball from senior Bri Rodriguez … WVU built a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes on goals from Silva and senior defender Mallory Smith … Tech finished with a 17-11 edge in shots … Silva continued her stellar play, and the West Virginia defense earned its fifth shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over seventh-ranked Oklahoma State on Sept. 23 … Silva scored a brilliant goal with 88 seconds remaining to give the Mountaineers their second win over a top-10 opponent … Silva was able to cut a defender at the top of the box and send a blast into the upper left corner … WVU finished with a 16-12 edge in shots, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on-goal.

- Notes & Quotes
At halftime yesterday, WVU assistant coach Marisa Kanela made a check presentation for $12,854 to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center … the WVU women’s soccer team has raised more than $85,000 over the past nine years to help fight breast cancer … WVU has outshot its opponents 18-4 over the last six games … WVU has lost only one match since knocking off top-ranked Stanford on Aug. 26 … Frances Silva scored her team-best eighth goal of the season against the Cowgirls … Silva has scored seven goals in the last four matches.

“I’m happy for our ladies to play through all of the emotion surrounding this first Big 12 game. It’s neat for them to be able to say they were part of history, winning the program’s and the University’s first Big 12 game.” – coach Nikki Izzo-Brown on Friday’s win over Texas Tech.

Men's Soccer
- This Week in Men’s Soccer
The WVU men’s soccer team will complete a four-match homestand against Iona on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

- Last Week in Men’s Soccer
The Mountaineers extended their unbeaten streak to four with a 4-0 win over Florida Atlantic last Sunday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, in WVU’s first ever Mid-American Conference match.

- Notes & Quotes
Freshman Nick Raskasky notched two goals in the win against Florida Atlantic, while freshman Kyle Underwood and senior Travis Pittman each had one … the Mountaineers dominated statistically in shots (18-2), shots on goal (10-0) and corner kicks against Florida Atlantic … twenty-two player saw action for WVU with freshman Majed Osman leading all players with five shots, including three on goal … senior goalkeeper Pat Eavenson and Yale Tiley combined for the shutout as Eavenson played the first half and Tiley earned his first career appearance in the second half … in WVU’s current three-game win streak, it has held the advantage in goals (10-2), shots (53-16), shots on goal (30-9) and corner kicks (22-6).

Volleyball
- This Week in Volleyball
The West Virginia University volleyball team goes on its first Big 12 Conference road trip with matches against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Thursday, Sept. 27, and in Norman, Okla., against Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 29 … both are slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

- Last Week in Volleyball
WVU resumed Big 12 play, as it hosted fellow Big 12 newcomer TCU at the WVU Coliseum … The Mountaineers lost the match 2-3 (26-24, 25-20, 16-25, 24-26, 2-15) and fell to 0-2 in Big 12 Conference play.

- Notes and Quotes
With the five-set match against TCU, the Mountaineers have played in four five-set matches in a row … the four five-set matches are the first since 1983 when WVU lost to George Washington and Rutgers before defeating Duquesne and Hofstra … WVU is now 2-3 in five-set matches this season … freshmen Nikki Attea and Hannah Sackett and junior Arielle Allen all recorded double-digit kills in the loss to TCU … Attea led all hitters with 15, while Sackett and Allen recorded 13 and 10, respectively … Allen, along with freshman setter Brittany Sample, recorded double-doubles in the match … Allen had 12 digs to go along with her 10 kills, while Sample posted 45 assists and a season- and career-high 20 digs … Sample is tied for first in the Big 12 with eight double-doubles … the Lewisville, Texas, native has recorded double-doubles in the last four matches.

Cross Country
- This Week in Cross Country
The No. 25 West Virginia University cross country will travel to Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park … the 5k race will run all day, with the women’s races slated to begin at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

- Last Week in Cross Country
The Mountaineers competed at the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, Sept. 21 … the team finished in 11th place with 334 points … freshman Sydney Scott finished first for WVU with a 4k time of 14:00.4.

- Notes & Quotes
WVU only had five runners compete this past weekend … besides Scott, redshirt seniors Aubrey Moskal and Hallie Portner and sophomores Kelly Williams and Chelsea Jarvis ran for the Mountaineers … Moskal, Portner and Jarvis all ran in the 2011 Bubble Buster … Moskal and Jarvis improved their times on the course by more than 10 seconds … WVU will return to the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., after finishing in eighth place at the 2011 Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic … Stephanie Aldea finished first for the Mountaineers in 15th place, while former WVU runner Ahna Lewis crossed the line in 19th place.

Women's Tennis
- This Week in Women’s Tennis
West Virginia is idle this weekend.

- Last Week in Women’s Tennis
The Mountaineers competed in the Longhorn Invitational held in Austin, Texas, from Sept. 21-23 … Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio, SMU, Houston, Rice, Denver and Tulane were the schools that WVU competed against this past weekend.

- Notes & Quotes
Each of the Mountaineers’ players scored at least one victory in either singles or doubles play … senior Emily Mathis, who had a 2-1 record in singles play, and freshman Hailey Barrett, who posted a 2-2 singles mark, led WVU in singles wins on the weekend … Mathis led the team in combined victories, as she also added one singles win to her weekend total … the Flower Mound, Texas, native has earned six victories in the team’s two fall tournament thus far, which is good enough to tie her with the team lead with freshman Vivian Tsui ... senior Audrey Wooland and Mathis both defeated an opponent from Rice, which finished the 2011-12 season ranked No. 30 in the country.

“This weekend’s tournament gave us a glimpse of the competition level we are going to see during the spring. We were able to win some matches, but we also left a few out there. We need to continue to try and fight for every point, run down every ball and continue to improve upon our consistency.” – coach Tina Samara



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