Mountaineers Welcome Ohio State


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
April 11, 2014 03:37 PM
Freshman forward Daniela Neves notched the Mountaineers' first goal against St. Francis last week.
 
Photo by Steve Prunty
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team welcomes Ohio State to Dreamswork Field on Saturday, April 12, with kickoff scheduled for noon.
 
Admission is free. Fans attending the match are encouraged to park at the former Shoney’s parking lot on Monongahela Blvd., and use the back steps to access the practice facility.
 
“Ohio State is traditionally a strong team,” says Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We know we’re going to face high-level athletes, and we’re looking forward to the competition.”
 
Saturday’s match features two NCAA Tournament teams, as the Mountaineers have participated in 14 straight tournaments, while the Buckeyes made their fifth straight trip in 2013.
 
The Mountaineers are home for their second of three consecutive home matches. WVU opened its home slate with a 2-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on April 5. Freshmen Daniela Neves and Kadeisha Buchanan tallied the scores for the Mountaineers. WVU finished the match with seven shots on goal and four corners. The Mountaineer defense denied the Red Flash a shot on goal.
 
“We put some thoughts and ideas on the board before the St. Francis game that we wanted to work on,” Izzo-Brown says. “I think we definitely accomplished some of our goals. I think the team was proud that what we’ve been working on in training translated into the game against St. Francis.”
 
Saturday’s match is the fifth and final spring contest for the Buckeyes. OSU has played host to Cleveland State, Bowling Green and Ohio, and traveled to Louisville. The team does not post results from its spring matches.
 
OSU finished the 2013 season at 10-7-3 and fell at Kentucky, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.



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