Monday, December 18, 2017

Abam, Utley lead West Virginia to No. 5 TopDrawerSoccer ranking

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –      The West Virginia University women’s soccer team has taken to new heights following a splendid 8-0 victory Sunday evening over the Villanova Wildcats. With the win, the Mountaineers have taken over the No. 5 TopDrawerSoccer.com national ranking.

Michaela Abam heads the ball against a Villanova defender. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks Photo/WVUSports.com)

Michaela Abam heads the ball against a Villanova defender. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks Photo/WVUSports.com)

At the helm of the havoc reeked by the Mountaineers this past weekend was Michaela Abam and Kailey Utley. Both players inscribed their name in the West Virginia soccer record books after Abam broke a single-game record for goals scored (4) and Utley broke the record for most assists in a single game (4).

“I’m fortunate because I get to watch this team train every day,” said head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown in a press release. “These goals aren’t surprising to me, but the game of soccer can be very brutal at times. You never know. This team has really worked hard and played smart, and they found a way to put the ball in the back of the net early. It was fantastic.”

Abam finished off the 2015-16 season leading the Mountaineers in goals scored with eight while accounting for 16 points. Four of her goals were game-winners.

“Scoring four goals in a game wasn’t a personal goal of mine, but I’m glad that it happened,” Abam said in a press release following the game. “I’m proud to have set the school record. I think we played today with the same resiliency we showed Friday night against Penn State. I’m happy that we were able to come out and score eight today. It’s big to get these goals before we start conference play.”

Michaela Abam moves the ball downfield. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks Photo/WVUSports.com)

Michaela Abam moves the ball downfield. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks Photo/WVUSports.com)

Abam and Utley have each played in all six games thus far for the Mountaineers. Abam holds five goals and 10 points to her name while Utley has scored three goals, has five assists and accounts for 11 points on the season.

The Mountaineers are currently (5-1) with their single loss coming to ranked Virginia Tech. Their most prominent win came last week over No. 5 ranked Penn St. The next women’s soccer game will be Friday, September 11 when the Mountaineers head to Ohio St. to face the Buckeyes.

 

Cover Photo credit Dale Sparks Photo/WVUSports.com

Quotes courtesy WVU Athletic Communications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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