Silva Named Athlete of the Week

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  • By WVU Sports Communications
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  • September 23, 2013 10:51 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University women’s soccer senior forward Frances Silva has been named the Varsity Sport Report Athlete of the Week.

Silva led the Mountaineers with six points on their way to defeating Richmond and Wright State. She tallied her sixth assist of the season on Friday night against Richmond, centering a pass to sophomore Kelsie Maloney three-yards in front of the Spider goal.

On Sunday against Wright State, Silva became the sixth player in program history to record the program-best three assists in a single match. She assisted goals by junior forward Kate Schwindel, redshirt freshman Carly Black and sophomore midfielder Amanda Hill all in the first half. Silva’s nine assists this season ranks her fifth in program history for a single season.

Silva netted her sixth goal of the season midway through the second half against the Raiders on Sunday. Sophomore forward Kailey Utley made a run into the WSU box and centered a pass to Silva, who beat the keeper on the right post.

Silva leads the Big 12 Conference with 21 points this season. WVU opens Big 12 play on Friday, Sept. 27, at Oklahoma State.

WVU Athletes of the Week
Fall 2013
Week 1: Kelsie Maloney, Women’s Soccer
Week 2: Brittany Sample, Volleyball
Week 3: Andy Bevin, Men’s Soccer
Week 4: Jordan Anderson, Volleyball
Week 5: Frances Silva, Women’s Soccer

This Week in Women’s Soccer:
No. 21 West Virginia begins Big 12 Conference play at Oklahoma State (4-2-3) on Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET ... the Mountaineers (6-2-2) continue their road trip on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Baylor at 1 p.m. ET.

Last Week in Women’s Soccer:
WVU finished its nonconference schedule with two home wins over the weekend ... the Mountaineers blanked Richmond 2-0 on Friday, Sept. 20, for their fourth shutout of the season ... WVU beat Wright State, 4-1, on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Notes & Quotes:
Senior forward Frances Silva continued her season-long point streak, tallying an assist on Friday night against Richmond, and then scoring one goal and becoming the sixth player to record a program-best three assists in a single match against Wright State on Sunday ... sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney scored her third goal of the season against Richmond ... freshman midfielder Ashley Lawrence netted her second career-goal on Friday night against Richmond ... sophomore midfielder Amanda Hill and junior defender Jess Crowder were credited assists on Maloney’s goal ... Hill tallied her first goal of the season on Sunday against Wright State ... junior forward Kate Schwindel scored her sixth goal if the season against Wright State ... redshirt freshman defender Carly Black recorded her first career goal against Wright State ... sophomore defender Cari Price, freshman midfielder Tessa Broadwater and sophomore forward Kailey Utley were credited assists on Sunday against Wright State.

Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “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.”

This Week in Men’s Soccer:
The Mountaineers will continue a five-game homestand with two games this week at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … on Wednesday, Sept. 25, WVU will host Penn State at 7 p.m. … WVU will then open Mid-American Conference play on Sunday, Sept. 29, hosting Akron at 7 p.m.

Last Week in Men’s Soccer:
West Virginia fell 2-1 in overtime to Michigan on Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Notes and Quotes:
West Virginia was trailing for the entire match before sophomore Majed Osman tied the game at 1-1 with only 17 second remaining in regulation … sophomores Zak Leedom and Ryan Cain earned assists on the goal … Osman is now tied with junior Andy Bevin for the team lead with four goals … the Wolverines held the majority of the possession throughout the game, including a dominant performance in the first half, outshooting the Mountaineers 11-3 … Michigan finished the game with a 14-13 edge in shots and a 12-7 advantage on corner kicks.

Coach Marlon LeBlanc: “We were awful, absolutely terrible. I’ve never been as disappointed in a start to a game as I was tonight. We were lethargic, we did things we don’t typically do, and it was a terrible start to the game. I have to take as much responsibility as they do. They weren’t prepared properly.”

This Week in Volleyball
West Virginia puts its 13-1 record on the line as it opens Big 12 Conference play against Kansas State (12-1) at the WVU Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Last Week in Volleyball
The Mountaineers went 3-0 over the weekend on their way to winning the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge at the WVU Coliseum ... sophomore setter Brittany Sample was named the Challenge’s Most Valuable Player, recording two double-doubles, including a 42-assist, 25-dig effort in the win over Georgetown on Friday night.

Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers conclude nonconference play 13-1 … WVU won all three nonconference tournaments it competed in this season … the Mountaineers are 7-0 at home … Sample is fourth in the Big 12 in assists per set.

Coach Jill Kramer: “We pulled through at the end. We were really focused on the execution of our gameplan. When you saw us execute the gameplan, you saw success. When we didn’t communicate well and failed to execute, you saw some struggles.”

This Week in Cross Country
Do not compete

Last Week in Cross Country
Did not compete

Notes & Quotes
West Virginia returns to action next weekend, Oct. 5, at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh Univeristy in Bethlehem, Pa. ... this will be the second time the Mountaineers have competed at the Lehigh course this season, and will do so again at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in November.