MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A trio of Mountaineers netted goals to lead the No. 12-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over Navy in a scrimmage at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium Saturday afternoon.
It was a veteran-led effort, as all three goals were scored by juniors.
WVU edged the Midshipmen 12-11 in shots and held a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Junior Hannah Steadman
, who got the start in goal for the Mountaineers, made three stops and came within minutes of earning the shutout win, as the Mids didn’t get on the board until the final minutes of regulation.
“It’s always important for us to win at home,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I thought the girls played a total team effort to get the win today. We have a lot work on moving forward. I thought Navy did a great job of showing me some things that we need to do.”
The Mountaineers controlled the game from the start with three scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of action. Kate Schwindel
put a shot on net less than three minutes in, but couldn’t get it past Navy’s keeper. An attempt by Amanda Hill
went just wide, while Swchindel had another opportunity miss high.
Navy gained momentum soon after, only to have their chances thwarted by Steadman. A Mids forward dribbled inside the box for a shot, which Steadman came out to play and stopped. The Mids grabbed their own rebound, but the shot sailed just over the crossbar to keep the score tied 0-0.
Nineteen minutes into the contest, WVU’s offensive aggressiveness paid off. Cari Price
dribbled in and drilled a shot from the top of the 18-yard box to beat the Navy keeper and put WVU in front 1-0. The Mountaineers carried the slim advantage into the second half.
just missed adding to the Mountaineers’ lead in the opening minutes of the second half, as her header went wide of the net. However, Hill took a cue from her teammate and sent in header of her own off a corner kick to bring the WVU advantage to 2-0 in the 61st minute of action.
The two teams traded shots before battling at midfield. The Mountaineers gained possession, and Emaus sent in a straight shot from the top of the 18-yard box. The Navy keeper got her hands on it for the save, but misplayed it, and the ball slipped past her as the Mountaineers padded their lead at 3-0 with 13 minutes to play.
As the game neared the 84th minute, a physical battle broke out at the top of the Mountaineers’ 18-yard box with the Mids awarded a free kick. Despite a WVU wall in front of the net, the perfectly placed strike slipped past Steadman, as the Mids tallied their first score of the day.
The Mountaineers will open the 2014 season August 22 in State College, Pennsylvania, when they take on Penn State in a 7:30 p.m., match up as part of the Penn State Invitational.