MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team begins its 2013 campaign tomorrow, Aug. 13, with an exhibition match against former Big East foe Rutgers. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium and admission is free and open to the public.
Fresh off a regular-season conference title in their inaugural season competing in the Big 12, the Mountaineers take their first step toward making a 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. WVU returns three seniors, including 2012’s leading goal-getter, Frances Silva
, who tallied 11 goals. Playing alongside Silva on the front line is junior forward Kate Schwindel
. Schwindel led the Mountaineers with 26 points last season and recorded nine goals.
WVU welcomes a freshman class that is expected to earn plenty of playing time. Kadeisha Buchanan
joins the Mountaineers after playing with the Canadian National Team and the U-20 squad in Denmark this summer. Fellow Canadian stand out Ashley Lawrence
comes to WVU after a successful prep career and was the lone freshman named to the All-Big 12 Preseason Team on Aug. 8, which highlighted a league-high five Mountaineers.
Rutgers compiled 13 wins in 2012. The Scarlet Knights outscored their opponents 32-24, led by redshirt-senior Jonelle Filigno’s 15 goals. Filigno was named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team and was the Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year. Rutgers saw its season end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to No. 3 Virginia, 6-1.
West Virginia enters the exhibition 11-4-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights. In the teams’ last meeting in 2011, the Mountaineers came away with a 1-0 victory in overtime in Morgantown. WVU is riding a three-game win streak against Rutgers, dating back to 2009. The Mountaineers have never dropped a game to the Scarlet Knights while at home, racking up seven victories, first of which came in 1997. The last time Rutgers knocked off WVU was in 2008 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights defeated the Mountaineers, 1-0, for the second straight meeting, the only time WVU has lost to the Scarlet Knights in consecutive matches.
The Mountaineers will conclude their 2013 exhibition schedule on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Georgetown at 4 p.m.