MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 14, 2020) – The seventh-ranked West Virginia University Women’s Soccer team takes on Baylor on Friday at Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Once again, the game will be open to families of the players and essential game day personnel and women’s soccer staff.
The Mountaineers (4-1, 4-1 Big 12) are coming off a 2-1 road win over Texas Tech last Friday. Sophomore forward/defender Julianne Vallerand gave WVU the lead in the 47th minute, before senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel tallied the eventual game-winner in the 82nd. A trio of juniors – midfielder Isabella Sibley, defender Jordan Brewster and forward Alina Stahl earned assists in the win.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kayza Massey had one save and earned the victory in her 2020 season debut. On the defensive side, the Mountaineers limited the Red Raiders to just two shots on the night.
On Monday, Ferrer-vanGinkel was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
WVU entered the week ranked No. 6 nationally in points per game (6.2), shots on goal per game (8.0) and corner kicks per game (7.2), No. 7 in shot accuracy (.563) and No. 8 in scoring offense (2.2).
Ferrer-vanGinkel ranks second in the country in game-winning goals (2) and No. 11 in total goals (3), while Brewster and Sibley are tied for No. 16 nationally in total assists (2).
The Bears are coming off a 2-0 win over then-No. 5 Kansas last weekend. Baylor has only allowed two goals all season and have collected four clean sheets.
The Bears (1-1-3, 1-1-3 Big 12) are led by freshman forward Mackenzie Anthony, who leads the team with three points (1G, 1A), 19 shots and 11 shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt has made 24 saves on the season.
Baylor ranks sixth in the nation in save percentage (.923).
“(Baylor) is a team that does their system better than anyone in the country,” head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “They will disrupt you, they’ll bring an incredible amount of intensity to the game, and they all buy-in to the way they need to play. We definitely know it’s going to be a really hard-fought game.”
Friday’s contest marks the 10th meeting between the two teams.
The Mountaineers lead the all-time series, 6-2-1. However, the Bears have taken two of the last three matchups. Last year, Baylor defeated WVU 4-2.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Photo Credit: WVU Sports