Schwindel Earns Two Honors

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • October 15, 2013 03:05 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University women’s soccer forward Kate Schwindel earned two weekly honors today following her six-point performance in the Mountaineers’ two Big 12 Conference wins last weekend.

Schwindel, a junior out of Livingston, N.J., was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and the TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week.

The conference honor is the second in three weeks for Schwindel and her fourth career recognition. The No. 6-ranked Mountaineers (11-2-2, 5-0 Big 12) have earned at least one individual honor every week but three this season for a Big 12-best eight awards.

In addition to her player of the week honor, Schwindel also landed on the TDS Team of the Week, her second inclusion of the season.

Schwindel scored a goal and added an assist in both games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium last weekend, as WVU defeated Iowa State, 2-0, on Oct. 11, and TCU, 3-2 in overtime, on Oct. 13.

Schwindel’s seventh shot on-goal against the Horned Frogs proved golden, as she found the back of the net in the 98th minute Sunday, connecting on a through ball from sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney. Prior to her goal, she assisted on the team’s second score of the day in the 55th minute. She tallied a game-best 11 shots against TCU, the fourth-best single-game effort in program history.

Schwindel connected with senior forward Frances Silva twice on Friday. She helped WVU get an early lead on the Cyclones in the 13th minute, as she sent a cross to Silva on a free kick, who then blasted a shot from 17 yards out. Schwindel tallied her own goal in the 56th minute, beating the ISU goalie on a challenge far post from seven yards out.

With only three regular-season matches remaining, Schwindel leads the nation’s No. 13-ranked scoring offense with a 0.667 goals-per-game average, the 42nd-best mark in the NCAA. She ranks No. 1 in the Big 12, No. 26 in the NCAA, in total goals (10), and No. 2 in the Big 12, No. 20 in the NCAA, in total points (26). Additionally, she has taken a conference-high 62 shots.

With 25 career goals, Schwindel ranks No. 10 in the WVU record book. She also ranks No. 9 for career points (71) and No. 7 for career assists (21).

The Mountaineers close out their regular-season home schedule this Friday, Oct. 18, against Kansas, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Stadium. Friday night is “Dollar Night,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each. Additionally, glowsticks will be handed out to the first 500 fans inside the gate.

Friday also is Senior Night, and seniors Kara Blosser, Sara Keane, Frances Silva and Caroline Szwed will be recognized prior to kickoff. It’s also Alumni Weekend, and former Mountaineers will be in attendance and recognized at halftime.

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