MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior forward Kate Schwindel
netted her second game-winner of the weekend as the No. 9-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned a 3-2 overtime win against TCU today at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Despite owning a significant statistical advantage over the Horned Frogs (5-7-3, 1-3-1 Big 12), the Mountaineers (11-2-2, 5-0 Big 12) needed extra time to keep its all-time conference record intact. Today’s win is WVU’s seventh straight of the season. The Mountaineers have yet to drop a regular-season conference match and own a 12-0-1 all-time record.
“What a day,” exclaims Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net today. Their two shots resulted in goals, and I give them credit. That was a tough game, but I obviously feel very strongly that the best team won.
“With the injuries this year, I think it’s been a little hard for us to turn it around on Sundays and stay sharp. It’s good for us to learn that and to understand that turnaround with a young team. With us losing two seniors to injury, this is what can happen. I credited my team and told them that great teams find a way to win, and that’s what we did today.”
Knotted at 2-2 in the 98th minute, sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney
pushed the ball forward out of the TCU end and found a streaking Schwindel on the outside. The Livingston, N.J., native carried the ball inside before ripping a perfect shot from seven-yards out that breezed past TCU goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold and went far post.
“We needed that goal, and Kate came through,” says Izzo-Brown. “It was tough out there for her today. They were pulling her and knocking her down. There were some real tough moments, but at the end of the day Kate figured it out, so good for her.”
The goal gives Schwindel a team-best 10 for the season. She finishes the weekend with six points, netting a goal and an assist today and in WVU’s 2-0 win over Iowa State on Oct. 11.
Today’s victory avenged the Mountaineers’ 2-0 loss to the lower-seeded Horned Frogs in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Big 12 Championship.
The Mountaineer offense was on full display, as the team tallied 35 shots, 12 on-goal, and earned a season-high 14 corner kicks. The shot total ranks No. 8 in the Mountaineers’ record book. Schwindel led the Mountaineers with 11 shots, the fourth-best single-game total in WVU history, and placed seven shots on-goal. Senior forward Frances Silva
tallied nine shots, two on-goal, while freshman midfielder Ashley Lawrence
finished with six shots, two on-goal.
WVU held TCU to five shots, with its scores the only two on-goal. The Horned Frogs were held without a corner kick, the third time this season the Mountaineers have not allowed a corner.
Senior goalkeeper Sara Keane
earned the win for the Mountaineers, while Arnold made nine saves in a losing effort.
“It’s tough when teams try to counter what you do well and sit in a little bit, not giving us the pockets we want to get,” explains Izzo-Brown. “I thought we did a pretty good job of creating chances today, even when TCU was trying to take away our momentum. It was just a matter of us finishing.”
WVU’s first goal rewarded the Mountaineers’ patience. After five minutes of back-and-forth play in the first period, TCU held possession of the ball but could not penetrate the WVU defense. The Mountaineers were finally able to gain control of the ball and freshman defender Kadeisha Buchanan
sent a pass to Silva, who turned and took a blast from 25-yards out, sending it high toward the right post for her 10th goal of the season, the fifth-best total for a Mountaineer senior in program history.
With 33 career goals, Silva now sits in a fifth-place tie with Blake Miller (2008-11) on the WVU all-time chart. Additionally, her 86 career points also rank No. 5 in the Mountaineer record book.
An unlucky WVU bounce allowed the Horned Frogs to even the score in the 21st minute. A TCU free kick hit the near post, and the rebound bounced toward the middle of the goal box. With Keane out of place, midfielder Lauren Sajewich had a clear look at the net and sent a low shot in for her first goal of the season.
Lawrence gave the Mountaineers their second lead of the game in the 55th minute, putting a rebound off a Schwindel shot away from two-yards out. Arnold made the initial save on Schwindel’s shot and hit the ball to her opposite side, where a waiting Lawrence buried her shot far post for her third goal of the season.
The Horned Frogs evened the score again eight minutes later off a rebound. Midfielder Patry Carrion took a shot that ricocheted off the post and right out to forward Michelle Prokof, who beat Keane far post five-yards out.
The Mountaineers nearly won the match in regulation in the 72nd minute. WVU’s 10th corner of the game found Schwindel in the middle of the box, and she took a turning kick toward the net that was blocked by a TCU defender. The rebound bounced right back to sophomore defender Maggie Bedillion
, and her shot went just above the net.
With the win, WVU improves to 2-1 against TCU.
The Mountaineers close out their regular-season home slate against Kansas next Friday, Oct. 18, at Dick Dlesk Stadium. The game is a “Dollar Night,” and all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas are $1 each. Friday also is Senior Night, and Silva, Keane, Caroline Szwed
and Kara Blosser
will be recognized prior to the match’s introductions. Additionally, it’s alumni weekend for the program, and former Mountaineers will be on campus for a reunion and celebration.