Schwindel Named Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University women’s soccer junior forward Kate Schwindel has been named the Varsity Sport Report Athlete of the Week.
Schwindel played an integral role in the No. 18-ranked Mountaineers opening their Big 12 season with two key road victories. The Livingston, N.J., native scored a goal and earned an assist in WVU’s 2-1 win at Oklahoma State on Sept. 27 and at No. 9 Baylor on Sept. 29, giving her six points on the weekend.
Schwindel relentlessly attacked the Cowgirls’ net on Friday, taking a game-high six shots. She connected on her third shot on-goal in the 42nd minute, giving the Mountaineers a lead they would never relinquish. She helped extend WVU’s advantage to 2-0, as she sent a cross to sophomore Kelsie Maloney for the team’s second goal.
Schwindel helped WVU jump out to a quick 2-0 lead at Baylor on Sunday. She set-up the team’s first score, playing a ball behind two Bears defenders to Maloney, who cashed in on a one-vs.-one situation in the 23rd minute. Schwindel then tallied her own goal 14 minutes later, slipping behind the BU defense and receiving a through ball from junior defender Jess Crowder.
WVU’s win at Baylor was record-breaking, as it snapped BU’s 31-match unbeaten streak. It also ended the Bears’ 17-match home unbeaten streak. Prior to the WVU match, BU had only allowed one goal all season, and no scores in Waco. The Mountaineers were the first team to tally four goals on the Bears in Waco since 2009. The win over BU, the defending Big 12 Tournament champions, was WVU’s 11th in nine seasons over a top-10 opponent.
Through 12 matches, Schwindel owns a team- and conference-best eight goals. She ranks second in the Big 12 behind senior teammate Frances Silva with 19 (8 G, 3 A) points.
WVU Athletes of the Week
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
Week 6: Kate Schwindel, Women’s Soccer
Fall Sports Notes
WVU rowing will begin its fall season at the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 5.
This Week in Women’s Soccer:
The No. 18 West Virginia University women’s soccer returns home to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium to host Texas (8-3-1, 2-0 Big 12) on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. ... the match is scheduled as a gold rush and all fans are encouraged to wear gold.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer:
WVU opened Big 12 Conference play on the road at Oklahoma State (4-3-4, 0-1-1 Big 12) with a 2-1 win ... the Mountaineers ended No. 9 Baylor’s (8-1-2, 1-1 Big 12) 31-game unbeaten streak, knocking off the Bears 4-3 in Waco, Texas.
Notes & Quotes:
Junior forward Kate Schwindel tallied two goals over the weekend, one in each contest, and two assists ... Schwindel leads WVU with eight goals this season ... sophomore Kelsie Maloney netted the game-winner at Oklahoma State and recorded her fifth goal of the season at Baylor ... freshman Kadeisha Buchanan scored her first-career goal at Baylor ... sophomore Cari Price’s fourth goal of the season stood as the game-winner at Baylor ... sophomore Annalika Steyn assisted Maloney’s goal at OSU ... junior Jess Crowder assisted both of Schwindel’s goals ... redshirt-freshman Carly Black was credited with the assist on Buchanan’s goal ... senior Frances Silva recorded her team-high 22nd point of the season with an assist on Price’s goal at Baylor ... WVU is the first team to score more than one goal on BU this season ... senior goalkeeper Sara Keane made seven saves this weekend.
Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown: “These are two huge conference wins on the road. Baylor had a 31-game unbeaten streak going on, so to come in here and get the win was big. More importantly, both wins give us the points that we needed. I’m proud of the way we came in and battled the elements today to get those points.”
This Week in Men’s Soccer:
The Mountaineers will return to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, for a match against Northern Illinois … the Mountaineers and Huskies will kick off at 6 p.m.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer:
West Virginia has an overall record of 3-5-1, including an 0-2 mark last week … on Wednesday in Morgantown, WVU fell 2-1 to Penn State …WVU opened conference play at home on Sunday evening, falling 1-0 to No. 10 Akron.
Notes and Quotes:
The Mountaineers have now dropped four consecutive matches, including three in a row at home … despite the loss against Penn State, WVU held the advantage in shots (11-8) and shots on goal (5-4) … senior Craig Stephens scored the lone goal, assisted by junior Andy Bevin and sophomore Majed Osman … against Akron, WVU was out-shot 14-10, but had numerous chances, including three shots by Bevin … freshman goalkeeper Brent Arnold started both games last week, allowing three goals.
WVU coach Marlon LeBlanc after Akron: “Outside of the first five minutes, we were okay. They’re a good team and a good program, but all that said, we had chances. If they’re as good of a defending team as they are, we created a lot of opportunities.”
This Week in Volleyball
West Virginia hits the road and faces TCU on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Fort Worth, Texas ... the Mountaineers then travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.
Last Week in Volleyball
WVU opened Big 12 Conference play with a 3-1 win over Kansas State, earning its first-ever Big 12 Conference victory ... freshman Hannah Shreve, a native of Charleston, W.Va., earned her first career start, registering five kills on seven attempts and a team-high six blocks.
Notes & Quotes
West Virginia is now 14-1 on the season and 1-0 in Big 12 play … WVU improved to 8-0 at home this season with its win over Kansas State … sophomore Hannah Sackett led all players with 15 kills Friday night against the Wildcats … sophomore Brittany Sample had 42 assists Friday, surpassing 1,500 assists for her young career.
Coach Jill Kramer: “The fact of the matter is they have built so much trust in each other through all the hard work over the spring, the summer and the preseason. I love them to death. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
This Week in Cross Country
No. 30 West Virginia travels to Bethlehem, Pa., to participate in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University on Saturday, Oct. 5
Last Week in Cross Country
WVU did not compete last week
Notes & Quotes
The Mountaineers dropped two spots in last week’s USTFCCCA Coaches Poll to No. 30 … WVU will be running on the Goodman Cross Country Course this weekend ... the course also will serve as the site for the Mid-Atlantic Regionals later in the season.
This Week in Tennis:
West Virginia will travel to the University of Akron for three days of competition from Friday. Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6.
Last Week in Tennis:
The Mountaineers competed in the United State Air Force Academy Invitation in Air Force Academy, Colo. ... WVU’s doubles pairings of sophomore Hailey Barret and junior Ikttesh Chahal, and sophomore Vivian Tsui and freshman Oana Manole, finished in third in their repsective brackets.
Notes & Quotes:
Barrett and Chahal finished the tournament with a 3-1 doubles record ... Tsui and Manole finished the tournament with a 3-1 record ... Barrett tallied two singles victory in flight “alpha” ... Tsui won two singles matches over the weekend ... freshman Kaja Mrgole won her first two match as a Mountaineer, finishing the weekend 2-2 ... Manole recorded her first singles victory on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Coach Miha Lisac: “It is a process. There will be ups and downs, but it is important that we see progress from ourselves. It was up and down today, but we must improve to make sure we can sustain focus and play at our level for multiple days and matches in a row.”
This Week in Rifle:
The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team opens its 2013-14 season this Saturday, Oct. 5, against No. 10 Ohio State, at the WVU Rifle Range.
Last Season in Rifle:
The Mountaineers won their nation-best 15th NCAA title with a 4679 showing at the 2013 NCAA Championships … Petra Zublasing won the individual NCAA smallbore and air rifle titles, becoming the first NCAA shooter to sweep the individual titles since 2001 … she was the second WVU student-athlete to win three career NCAA titles in any sport … following the championships, coach Jon Hammond was named the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Coach of the Year, while Zublasing was named the CRCA Shooter of the Match … eight Mountaineers earned a combined 12 National Rifle Association All- America honors … the Mountaineers also won their fourth consecutive Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championship … Zublasing was named the GARC Senior and Shooter of the Year, while Garrett Spurgeon was named the Rookie of the Year … WVU shot an NCAA-record 4720 last season vs. Ole Miss (4624) on Nov. 9, 2012, at the WVU Rifle Range.
Notes and Quotes:
Seven All-Americans return for the Mountaineers: senior Daniel Sojka, juniors Taylor Ciotola, Meelis Kiisk, Thomas Kyanko and Maren Prediger, and sophomores Spurgeon and Patrick Sunderman … senior Chance Cover also returns this season, and freshman Jean-Pierre Lucas and Sydney Smith join the Mountaineers.
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