|Sophomore Kelsie Maloney created several scoring chances against St. Francis (Pa.) on April 5 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women's soccer team opened its home-spring season with a 2-0 win against St. Francis (Pa.), today, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“I thought we did a great job possessing the ball,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We have been doing some things with our offensive shape and some defensive concepts, and I thought we really translated those into the game today. I was pleased with the effort, and the way we came out and approached today.”
The Mountaineers first tally came with 14 seconds remaining in the opening half. Sophomore Maggie Bedillion
made a run down the left side of the pitch and played it forward to sophomore Kailey Utley
. With a two-on-one advantage for WVU, Utley ripped a shot off the crossbar, leaving a wide open net for freshman Daniela Neves
to tap the ball in to give the Mountaineers the lead heading into the lockerroom.
At the start of the second half, WVU continued its momentum from the first and kept the pressure on St. Francis' side of the pitch. Five minutes into the second half, freshman Kadeisha Buchanan
stole the ball on the Red Flash side of midfield and ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that found the back of the net after it ricocheted off the left post.
The Mountaineers finished with seven shots on goal and four corners. The WVU back line, all returning from the fall season, held St. Francis (Pa.) to no shots on goal.
Sophomore Kelsie Maloney
created several chances throughout the friendly, including early in the second half when she cut into the middle of the field, just inside the box, and sent the attempt high.
One of the Mountaineers' seven shots on goal came in the 57th minute from Utley. She made a short run into the box and fired a shot from 10-yards out toward the far post, but the keeper made a diving save to turn it aside for a WVU corner.
Neves engineered another attempt for Utley with 17 minutes remaining, playing the ball forward to a streaking Utley, who then had a breakaway, but sent the shot off the post after the Red Flash keeper came out off her line to cut down the angle.
WVU's first chance of the game was came within a couple of minutes of the opening kick, when Utley led freshman Ashley Woolpert
into the box, but the ball was cleared. Shortly after, Utley received a ball from Maloney from 10-yards out, but sent it sailing over the crossbar.
The match's first shot on goal came off the foot of junior Jess Crowder
from the right post. Utley intercepted a cross-field pass and played it through to a streaking Crowder, who attempted to place the ball far post, but was denied by the keeper.
The chances continued to pile up for the Mountaineers in the 19th minute when Maloney took a cross from Utley at the top of the box, but sent the ball high on the turnaround chance. WVU kept the pressure on though, with Woolpert sending a shot on net with a back-heel flip from 5-yards out that was gathered by the keeper.
The Red Flashes' first threat came in the 31st minute with a run at the top of the box that was ended by a sliding junior Katie Osterman
to cover up the ball.
WVU retakes the pitch on Saturday, April 12, at noon against Ohio State.