MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 13-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team continues its eight-match homestand at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium with the WVU 90 Minute Classic this weekend.
The Mountaineers (2-2) play host to Hofstra on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., and UNC Greensboro on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. Indiana State will meet the Spartans (2-2) on Friday at 5 p.m., and the Pride (2-1) on Sunday at noon.
Tickets are $5 for adults, and just $3 for youth and seniors. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $2 each.
The first 100 fans through the gates on Friday night will receive a signed 2014 WVU schedule poster.
Sunday is “Youth Soccer Day,” and all area soccer teams are invited to DDSS to celebrate U.S. youth soccer month. Kids under 13, who bring a completed Musket Coloring Sheet to the stadium gate, will receive one free youth admission and will be entered into a drawing to win a plush Musket toy. The coloring sheet can be found HERE
. Additionally, fans will be able to take their picture with the 2013 Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament trophies.
A free WVU shuttle bus will be available from the Mountainlair and the Brooke/Braxton Towers loop for an hour leading up to Sunday’s start time. Return service to the Mountainlair and the Brooke/Braxton Towers loop also will be available for an hour at the conclusion of the match.
“We’re excited to return to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this weekend,” said Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “The fans were terrific last weekend, and we’re hoping we get another great crowd Friday night. The fans are always behind us, and we need to get them a win so they continue to provide us with great energy.”
WVU owns a 2-0 series advantage over Hofstra. The squads last met in 2005, with the Mountaineers earning a 3-0 win over the Pride in Morgantown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Sunday will be the first meeting between WVU and UNCG. The Spartans are the third and final first-time opponent the Mountaineers will face in 2014. WVU owns a 2-0 mark over first-time opponents this year, having defeated Missouri, 3-2, and Elon, 2-0.
“We want to get shutouts and at least one score on the board,” said Izzo-Brown. “We want to get better every opportunity as a group. There are frustrating moments, but we need to find ways to win.”
The Mountaineers’ win over the Phoenix on Aug. 31 was their first at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this season. Senior defender Jess Crowder
tallied the game-winner, converting a penalty kick in the 45th minute for her first career goal. Classmate Kate Schwindel
added the insurance goal in the 63rd minute for her team-best third goal of the season. Junior goalkeeper Hannah Steadman
earned her first career shutout with the Mountaineers.
Schwindel, a forward, ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in goals (3) and No. 5 in points (6). Junior forward Kailey Utley
ranks No. 1 in shots (14) and No. 4 in assists (2), while classmate Kelsie Maloney
, also a forward, ranks No. 2 in assists (3).
Picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Friday’s match is Hofstra’s first on the road since dropping its season opener, 1-0, at Connecticut on Aug. 22. The Pride arrive in Morgantown on a two-match win streak, most recently defeating Saint Joseph’s, 5-0, on Aug. 31. Junior forward Leah Galton, a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy watch list honoree and the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, tallied two scores in the Pride’s win over Saint Joseph’s. Additionally, senior forward Sam Scolarici recorded five points (2 G, 1 A).
UNCG also rides a two-match win streak into the weekend. The Spartans earned wins over Liberty (1-0) and Army (2-1) last weekend, with junior forward Candice Forbes tallying both goals against the Black Knights.