Thomas Named Athlete of the Week
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Freshman defender Louis Thomas of the WVU men’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week following a four-point opening weekend.
West Virginia began the season 2-0 with wins over St. John’s and Oakland. Thomas assisted on the game-winning goal against St. John’s, while adding assists on three of the four goals against Oakland.
Thomas’ three-assist game marked just the 14th time in school history that a player has recorded three assists. Abdul Caulker completed the feat against St. Francis (Pa.) on Sept. 1, 2000.
This Week in Women’s Soccer:
The No. 13-ranked Mountaineers play host to the WVU 90 Minute Classic Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the Mountaineers face Hofstra on Friday at 7 p.m., and UNC Greensboro on Sunday at 5 p.m. … Indiana State and UNC Greensboro will meet on Friday at 5 p.m., and Indiana State and Hofstra will meet on Sunday at noon.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer:
The Mountaineers (2-2) split their home opening weekend, falling 2-0 to No. 21 Duke on Aug. 29, and defeating Elon, 2-0, on Aug. 31 ... WVU controlled the game against the Blue Devils, but could not convert their chances, outshooting Duke, 18-12, and earning 10 corners to Duke’s two … each team tallied five shots on-goal, with junior Hannah Steadman making three saves … the Mountaineers were dominant against the Phoenix on Sunday, outshooting Elon 27-1, including nine shots on-goal … WVU also earned a 10-2 advantage on corners … despite their many opportunities, the Mountaineers needed a penalty kick in the 45th minute to get on the board, as senior defender Jess Crowder converted the opportunity after freshman Toryn Broadwater was fouled in the box … WVU padded its lead in the 63rd minute, with senior forward Kate Schwindel netting her third goal of the year … juniors Kailey Utley and Cari Price earned the assists.
Notes & Quotes:
WVU drops to 0-1-1 against Duke all-time … Sunday’s match was the first-ever between the Mountaineers and the Phoenix, and WVU is now 2-0 against first-time opponents this year … Friday’s match was played in front of 2,045 fans, the third-largest crowd at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in women’s soccer history … Schwindel, Utley and sophomore Ashley Lawrence each tallied three shots against Duke … Crowder’s score on Sunday was the first of her career … Schwindel now shows 29 career goals, the eighth-best total in Mountaineer history … Utley had a game-best six shots on Sunday, including a game-high three on-goal … both marks were career bests … WVU is 2-0-0 all-time against Hofstra, with the two teams last meeting in 2005 … Sunday’s match is the Mountaineers first ever against UNCG.
This Week in Men’s Soccer:
The Mountaineers will host Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m., in the NSCAA College Soccer Game of the Week … they continue their home stand on Sunday, Sept. 7, for a match against St. Francis (Pa.) at 3 p.m.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer:
WVU went 2-0 to begin the season with a 1-0 win over St. John’s on Friday and a 4-1 victory over Oakland on Monday.
Notes and Quotes:
Junior Jamie Merriam scored a goal in each game, while freshman Jad Arslan netted two goals against Oakland … freshman Louis Thomas had four assists, including three against Oakland … senior Andy Bevin added one goal and two assists against Oakland … Thomas’ three-assist game marked just the 14th time in school history that a player has recorded three assists … twenty-four players saw action against Oakland.
This Week in Volleyball:
The WVU volleyball team will head to Niagara for the Niagara Invitational this weekend … they will open on Friday with a 1 p.m. match vs. Gardner-Webb before taking on the host Purple Eagles at 6 p.m. … the Mountaineers will close out the weekend on Saturday with an 11 a.m. match vs. Providence.
Last Week in Volleyball:
The WVU volleyball team is 3-1 following a three-game home tournament and a trip to Robert Morris … the Mountaineers gave the No. 9-ranked BYU Cougars a battle in their season opener on Friday, eventually falling to the Cougars 3-0 … Jordan Anderson finished with a double-double for a team-best 17 kills and 11 digs … freshman Lamprini Konstantinidou had four aces in her career debut vs. BYU … the squad rebounded with a 3-0 win over Toledo Saturday afternoon … the Mountaineers posted up for 10 team blocks in that match … WVU also defeated IUPUI 3-0 to close the tournament … Anderson fell just shy of her career-high with 21 kills to lead the Mountaineers … the team made it three in a row with a 3-0 sweep of Robert Morris on Monday evening.
Notes & Quotes:
Lamprini Konstantindou led the team and the Big 12 in assists with 12.22 this weekend, earning Big 12 Rookie of the Week … the last time a Mountaineer earned the honor was September 9, 2013 when Jordan Anders claimed her second Big 12 Rookie of the Week Award … Konstantinidou joined Anderson and Caleah Wells on the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge All-Tournament Team … Anderson led the Big 12 this past weekend with 5.56 kills per set… the Mountaineers’ hitting percentage of .341 vs. Robert Morris on Monday was their best team percentage since September of 2013 when they hit .429 vs. Navy.
Coach Jill Kramer:
"I was really pleased with the way we approached the match tonight. "I thought we distributed our offense a lot better than we did this past weekend. We did a good job of finishing in sets one and three. There’s a lot of things we still need to be working on – staying focused and competing hard for the duration of the match are a couple of those things."
This Week in Cross Country:
The No. 20 Mountaineers are idle this week, before returning to action next Saturday, Sept. 13, at the PSU Spiked Shoe Invitational in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Last Week in Cross Country:
No. 20 West Virginia took first place in its season opener at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Friday, Aug. 29 … WVU recorded a team score of 25, placing 24 points ahead of second-place Lehigh … junior Sydney Scott was the first Mountaineer to cross the line, finishing in second place overall (21:36.56).
Notes & Quotes:
Four of the first five finishers were Mountaineers, as Brynn Harshbarger (21:39.58), Renee Maisonneuve (22:10.12) and Rachel Faulds (22:22.94) posted third, fourth and fifth-place finishes, respectively.
Coach Sean Cleary:
"As we continue to add some key components to the roster, we should really get a clear picture of who we are and how far we can go. I am very pleased with the way the girls let the race unfold around them and ran so impressively over the last two miles. It’s early, but it’s a nice start."
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