MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 home match to St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
St. Francis set the tempo early in the first half and eventually found the back of the net in the 36th minute to take a 1-0 lead. The Mountaineer defense tried to lure the Red Flash offside, leading to a ball played behind the back line where a forward chipped a ball into the back right corner of the goal.
The Red Flash doubled their lead only eight minutes into the second half on a one-versus-one opportunity. A St. Francis forward beat a defender into the middle of the field and worked the ball around the charging goalkeeper, depositing a shot into the back of the net from six yards out.
The Mountaineers responded 50 seconds later as forward Kate Schwindel
beat a defender on the end line before blasting a shot into the net to make it a 2-1 match.
WVU forward Frances Silva
had a fine look at an equalizer with 7:22 remaining, getting deep into the box and slotting a ball on the ground that forced a kick save to keep it a 2-1 match.
West Virginia finished with 14 corner kicks but could not capitalize on any of those chances.
The Mountaineers continue their spring season by welcoming Maryland on April 20 for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Dick Dlesk.