MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a season-opening weekend that saw the squad split its decisions at the Penn State Invitational, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team sits at No. 11 in today’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Division I Women’s Top 25 Poll.
“It’s good to see we maintained our spot with the nation’s best in this week’s poll,” said Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We learned a lot about the team this weekend, and we’re ready to get back on the field and get to work for our home opener.”
The Mountaineers were ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll. WVU (1-1) continues to hold the highest ranking in the Big12 Conference, with Texas Tech (1-0) checking in at No. 14.
The poll’s top-three spots remain the same, as defending NCAA champion UCLA (2-0) is No. 1, Florida State (2-0) is No. 2 and Virginia (1-0) is No. 3. Texas A&M (2-0) is up four spots to No. 4, and Florida (2-0) is up to No. 5.
WVU earned its first victory of the season with a 3-2 win over Missouri on Aug. 24, at PSU’s Jeffrey Field, in University Park, Pennsylvania. Down 2-0 in the 47th minute, the Mountaineers tallied three unanswered goals, including senior forward Kate Schwindel
’s deciding goal in the 89th minute. Schwindel and junior forward Kelsie Maloney
each finished with four points, with Schwindel netting two goals and Maloney adding a goal and two assists.
The Mountaineers dropped their season opener to the then-No. 11 Nittany Lions, 3-1, on Aug. 22.
WVU opens its 2014 home season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this Friday, Aug. 29, against No. 21 Duke (0-2), at 7:30 p.m. The match is a “Dollar Night,” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for $1 each. Additionally, it is a “Gold Rush,” with all fans encouraged to wear gold in support of the Mountaineers. All fans also will receive a 2014 women’s soccer schedule poster.
The team also will play host to Elon (1-1) on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m.
The Mountaineer Ticket Office is now offering a Varsity Sports Flex Plan, a bargain for families who plan on attending a WVU varsity sporting event. Flex plan packages are available for just $20. A package provides 10 vouchers redeemable for single-game tickets at any of these WVU sporting events: women’s soccer, men’s soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling.