Silva Earns Weekly Honor

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • September 24, 2012 03:30 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia women’s soccer player Frances Silva has been named to the 11-player TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week. The Overland Park, Kan., native guided WVU to a pair of Big 12 Conference wins last weekend – the school’s first victories as members of the Big 12.

Silva scored three goals, including both game-winners, and now leads the league in goals scored with eight. The junior forward is tied for the Big 12 lead in points (18) with teammate Kate Schwindel – a TopDrawerSoccer honoree last week.

Against Texas Tech on Sept. 21, Silva gave the Mountaineers an early 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute and later connected on the game-winner on a penalty kick after being taken down in the box.

Silva scored her second straight game-winning goal in WVU’s upset win over No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State on Sept. 23. She has scored seven goals in the last four matches, becoming the fourth different Mountaineer to score a goal in four consecutive matches, the first since Megan Mischler in 2010.

Dating back to last season, Silva has a goal or an assist in eight of WVU's last nine conference games – all wins.