MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 10-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team swept the Big 12 Conference weekly awards for games played Sept. 27-30.
Junior forward Kate Schwindel
was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, her third career honor, while senior goalkeeper Sara Keane
was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, her second honor of the season and the fourth of her career. Freshman defender Kadeisha Buchanan
scored her first career honor and was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
Today marks the first time one school has won all three awards since Missouri swept the accolades on Oct. 27, 2009.
The Mountaineer honors follow WVU’s 2-0 showing on the road in the opening weekend of conference play. WVU traveled to Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 27 and defeated the Cowgirls, 2-1. The team went on to snap then-No. 9 Baylor’s 31-match unbeaten streak with a 4-3 victory in Waco, Texas, on Sept. 29. The Mountaineers also snapped the reigning Big 12 Conference Tournament champion’s 17-match home unbeaten streak and were the first team to score more than one goal on the Bears all season.
Schwindel scored a goal and earned an assist in each contest, giving her six points on the weekend. On Friday, she connected on her third shot on-goal in the 42nd minute, giving the Mountaineers a lead they would never relinquish. She then helped extend WVU’s advantage to 2-0, as she sent a cross to sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney
for the team’s second goal. Schwindel helped WVU jump out to a quick 2-0 lead at BU on Sunday. The Livingston, N.J., native 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
Through 12 games, Schwindel owns a team- and conference-best eight goals. She ranks second in the Big 12 behind teammate Frances Silva
with 19 (eight goals, three assists) points.
Keane was instrumental in the Mountaineers’ win at BU, as the Mt. Laurel, N.J., native made four saves in the first 45 minutes, allowing WVU to enter halftime with a 2-0 advantage. She followed that up with two more saves in the second half, giving her six total. No save was bigger than the stop she made on Bear forward Bri Campos, diving to meet her penalty shot at the right post and turning the chance away. Keane also made one save in Friday’s win at OSU, with the Cowgirls’ lone goal coming on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
Buchanan and the Mountaineer defense held OSU to five shots, with only two shots on-goal. In Sunday’s contest at Baylor, the Brampton, Ontario, native helped the Mountaineer defense post a first-half shutout. She also got into the scoring mix, netting her first career goal in the 60th minute. The WVU defense turned away six BU shots and five corners in the first 45 minutes. In total, the unit defended 15 Bears shots and six corners.
In addition to her Big 12 honor, Schwindel also was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Team of the Week and the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, and she earned the CS360.com National Primetime co-Player of the Week honor. She shares the award with Notre Dame sophomore Cari Roccaro.
The Mountaineers (8-2-2, 2-0 Big 12) open a four-match homestand this week, with WVU welcoming Texas this Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Friday is a “Dollar Night,” and all tickets and select concessions will be available for $1 each. The game also will be a Gold Rush, and all fans are encouraged to wear gold. Additionally, children are encouraged to complete the coloring sheet found at WVUsports.com and bring it with them to the stadium gate Friday night for one free youth admission to the match. Participants also will be entered into a drawing to receive a plush Musket toy.