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Women's Soccer Drops Spring Finale


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
April 26, 2014 04:31 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A goal in the final 11 minutes got the best of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team today, as the Mountaineers fell, 1-0, at Maryland’s Ludwig Field, in College Park, Md.
 
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we were looking for today,” says Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We did a good job possessing the ball, but we just didn’t finish the opportunities we need to finish. We capitalized on those opportunities earlier this spring, but we didn’t close in the final-third today.
 
“I saw a lot of hard work this spring, and now I’m looking forward to the start of the 2014 season in August.”
 
The Terrapins netted the winning goal with 10:27 left in the match, as forward Alex Anthony headed a serve far post past Mountaineer freshman goalkeeper Michelle Newhouse.
 
The Mountaineers outshot the Terrapins in a physical match that was played mainly in the middle of the field, as WVU tallied 7-6 advantage.
 
Sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney paced the Mountaineers with two shots on-goal and registered WVU’s best scoring chance with 12:23 remaining in the first half, as she sent a left-footed shot just wide of the left post.
 
Maloney’s breakaway chance was set-up by strong WVU defensive stand. Following a save by junior goalkeeper Katie Osterman on a UMD breakaway, junior defender Jess Crowder deflected a Terrapin shot and cleared it out of the box.  
 
Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Steadman earned the start today and played the first 30 minutes of the match. She made the first save of the day, as UMD got a look at the net three minutes into the contest.
 
Today was the final match of the spring for both teams.
 
The Mountaineers, the 2013 Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament champions, open 2014 with a scrimmage at Rutgers on Aug. 12. The squad officially opens the new season at the Penn State Invitational against the host Nittany Lions on Aug. 22.



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