|Freshman Ashley Lawrence netted two goals against Alderson Broaddus on April 17 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
|All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks Photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women's soccer team played its final home-spring game tonight, defeating Alderson Broaddus, 8-0, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“It is all about progression and taking the concepts we work on in practice and translating those onto the field,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “The girls did a great job against Ohio State and then came out tonight and put eight on the board. I am proud of the work ethic and progression.”
With the win, the Mountaineers improved to 3-1 this spring, with their only loss coming to the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League on March 22.
“I see some great leadership out there,” Izzo-Brown says. “We were young last year and girls are stepping up. We have some underclassmen looking to fill those roles of the seniors that are now playing professionally.”
At the conclusion of WVU's Pink Game, the Battlers donated to the Mountaineers' total of $8,584 raised on March 1 for Morgantown’s Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Foundation.
WVU struck first against the Battlers with a pass from sophomore Kelsie Maloney
to a cutting sophomore Kailey Utley
, who then played a touch forward to freshman Ashley Lawrence
. Lawrence finished inside the far post from 10-yards out for her first goal this spring.
Lawrence tallied her second goal of the friendly in the 13th minute, playing the ball off her head through the Battlers' defense and dribbling around the ABU keeper to finish near post from five-yards out.
In the 17th minute, sophomore Maggie Bedillion
played a through ball to freshman Ashley Woolpert
, but was unable to finish in front of net, sending the attempt wide.
Utley tallied the third goal of the match, and her third this spring, on a bouncing ball in the 23rd minute. She put the ball over the keeper, just inside the right post from six-yards out.
Freshman Carly Black
engineered the Mountaineers' fourth goal of the match, playing the ball forward to a streaking Utley, who took one touch to beat the Battlers' keeper to finish with just more than seven minutes left until half.
Sophomore Leah Emaus
set up sophomore Amanda Hill
for her second goal of the spring, dribbling through three ABU defenders to find Hill, who fired from just outside the 18-yard box and beat the keep far post.
Shortly after, Emaus recorded a goal of her own off a Bedillion corner kick. Bedillion sent the ball to the far post, which then deflected off a defender to Emaus, who finished from a yard out.
In the second half, Maloney ripped a shot from 25 yards-out after the Mountaineers held possession on the Battlers' side of midfield, but the attempt went wide of the left post. She followed the attempt up with her first of two goals in the contest. Maloney took a pass froward and played a touch passed the keeper, who was coming out to make a play on the ball, but Maloney finished from 19-yards out.
Maloney's second goal came from five-yards out when she beat the keeper near post with just under eight minutes to go.
The Mountaineers conclude their spring season on Saturday, April 26, at Maryland at 12:30 p.m.