MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s soccer team closed out its spring season with a 3-1 win over visiting Kent State on Saturday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“It was good to end the spring on a winning note,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We did some very productive things this spring, and it’s important that we build off of it heading into the fall 2013 season.”
The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute off the foot of forward Kate Schwindel
. The sophomore settled a pass at the top of the box and blasted a shot into the right corner of the goal.
WVU doubled its lead in the 50th minute on a diving header from junior forward Frances Silva
. From the right corner, Schwindel found Silva in the middle of the box for the game-winner.
Junior midfielder Kara Blosser
completed the West Virginia scoring to make it a 3-0 match in the 54th minute. Blosser turned on a defender in the box and slotted a ball on the ground, rolling just inside the far post.
The Golden Flashes wiped the shutout off the board in the 82nd minute on a goal from midfielder Megan Jackson. Jackson was left open on the back side of a corner kick, settling the ball and placing a shot into the upper left corner.
Sophomore Katie Osterman
worked all 90 minutes in goal for the Mountaineers. Osterman eliminated the game’s first scoring chance in the ninth minute, denying forward Stephanie Haugh on a breakaway up the left middle of the field.
Blosser nearly added a second score with two minutes remaining on WVU’s seventh corner kick of the afternoon. Midfielder Ali Connelly
drove a ball into the mouth of the box where Blosser’s header was snagged out of the air by the goalkeeper.
West Virginia loses five seniors from last season’s squad that finished with an 11-5-4 record and No. 16 ranking in Soccer America’s final poll. It was a memorable 2012 season in which the Mountaineers won the school’s first Big 12 Championship and advanced to a 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament – the nation’s ninth longest streak.