MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 21-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer wrapped up its nonconference schedule with a 4-1 win over Wright State, today.
Senior forward Frances Silva
became the sixth player in program history to record a program-best three assists in a single match on her way to five points in the game.
“We needed to make sure that we played 90 minutes both games,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I think it was important for us to make that quick turn around on a Sunday and play just a hard as a Friday game.”
Redshirt-freshman defender Carly Black
netted the go-ahead goal for the Mountaineers(6-2-2) and tallied her first career points in the Old Gold and Blue. Silva sent a corner kick into the box that was headed by sophomore defender Cari Price
onto the foot of Black, six-yards in front of the goal.
With three assists and a goal, Silva extended her point streak to 10 consecutive games. She has recorded at least one point in every match this season, and leads the team with 21 (6 goals, 9 assists). In 2012, Silva tallied two assists on the season. Her nine in 2013 ranks tied for fifth in program history for a single season.
WVU dominated possession over the Raiders, recording 22 shots in the match to Wright State’s two. Seven of the Mountaineers’ 22 attempts were on goal, forcing the Raiders’ goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy to make three stops.
WVU led in corner-kick attempts, taking 13 to Wright State’s one in the second half.
“We have battled some adversity thus far, and being as young as we are, and having the injury bug, it was important for us to end nonconference play here on a good note before we see Oklahoma State,” Izzo-Brown says.
The Mountaineers extended their 2-1 lead in the 42nd minute with sophomore midfielder Amanda Hill
tallying her first goal of the season, third of her career. A corner from Silva found freshman midfielder Tessa Broadwater
in the box, and then was played forward to Hill for a header that just beat the keeper under the crossbar.
Junior defender Jess Crowder
and junior forward Kate Schwindel
came out in the second half and sent two quick shots high over WSU’s McCurdy.
In the 51st minute, Silva snapped a shot from in the box, looking to tally a goal to go with her three assists, but McCurdy came up with one of her three saves.
Seventeen minutes later, sophomore forward Kailey Utley
made a run deep into the Raider box and played a ball to Silva in front of the goal. Silva finished the play to the low-right post for her sixth goal of the season and fifth point in the match.
With a three-goal advantage heading in the final fifteen minutes of play, coach Izzo-Brown sent in junior goalkeeper Katie Osterman
for senior Sara Keane
Schwindel broke the scoreless tie in the 29th minute to give WVU a 1-0 lead, beating McCurdy on the left post. Silva played a through-ball past two Wright State defenders to find the streaking Schwindel 12-yards from the goal.
WSU answered less than two minutes later with a goal from its point leader, Emilie Fillion, in the 30th minute. A misplayed ball from the Mountaineer defense gave Fillion a clean look from 15-yards out. She played a chip shot over the head of Keane, who came off the line to cut down the angle.
Today’s contest was the first meeting between the two teams.
“I am happy with how hard we are working and grinding it out. We are ready to get into conference play and I am confident with the team out there,” says Izzo-Brown.
West Virginia will open its conference season at Oklahoma State on Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET, and then continue on Sunday, Sept. 29, at No. 9 Baylor at 1 p.m. ET.