Women's Soccer Opens Home Spring Season


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
April 04, 2014 11:12 AM
Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and the Mountaineers face a conference champion in St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday.
 
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team opens its home spring slate against St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
 
The match is the second of the spring season for the Mountaineers and the third for the Red Flash. Saturday will be a battle between conference champions, as WVU is the two-time reigning Big 12 Conference regular-season and 2013 tournament champions, and SFU is the reigning Northeast Conference champion.
 
“It’s going to be great. St. Francis was a tournament team and had a lot of success last season, so this is going to be a good challenge for us,” says Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We are looking forward to applying our concepts to an opponent instead of ourselves. We all get excited to compete against a different opponent.”
 
The Mountaineers opened the spring with a 2-0 loss to the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Western New York Flash on March 22, in Elma, N.Y. Sophomore transfer Hannah Steadman saw time in the net in the first half, and freshman Michelle Newhouse started the second half. Each allowed one goal.
 
“That match was really good because the Flash feature some of the best athletes in the world,” says Izzo-Brown. “That match really showed our girls the speed needed and our movement on and off the ball. That’s something we’ve addressed all week. We want to make sure we push our game to that higher level.”
 
The Red Flash opened the spring with a 2-1 win over Akron on March 15. The squad played to a 2-2 draw at Pitt on March 30.



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