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Big 12 Action Begins Friday Against Iowa State

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Sept. 23, 2021) – The No.13-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team opens Big 12 Conference play on Friday, Sept. 24, as the squad welcomes Iowa State to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, for a 7 p.m. ET, matchup in Morgantown.

It’s Diversity and Inclusion Night, as well as International Student Appreciation Night, and fans are encouraged to wear their favorite international soccer team jersey. The match also is a Dollar Day, with tickets and select concessions available for $1.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting WVUGAME.com or calling 1-800-WVU GAME to avoid lines at the gate on game day. When purchasing online, tickets are $5 each. Any remaining tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors at the stadium ticket window on match day.

WVU student tickets also will be made available at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The office, as well as the stadium gates, opens at 6 p.m., on game day. WVU students are admitted for free with a valid WVU Student I.D.

Andrew Caridi and Wes Uhler have the call of Friday night’s contest on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. For more information, or to sign up for the digital platform, visit WVUsports.com/Big12Now. The game also can be heard on 91.7 FM (WWVU) in Morgantown. Live stats are available at WVUsports.com.

“It’s going to be a battle with Iowa State on Friday,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “They’re a very good side who took No. 15 Memphis into overtime, so we’ll have our hands full. We know that walking into Big 12 play is going to be a challenge no matter the opponent, but we’re looking forward to starting our hunt for a championship Friday night.”

Returning home to close its nonconference slate against Kent State on Sept. 19, the Mountaineers earned their second 2-1 win of the week to top the Golden Flashes. Senior defender Jordan Brewster used a penalty-kick opportunity in the first half to put the Mountaineers on the board, but it was redshirt senior forward Lauren Segalla’s 61st-minute strike that made the difference in the match. 

The West Virginia defense just missed the shutout after Kent State was able to convert a penalty kick in the final minute of the match. Brewster’s PK against KSU was her second of the season, while Segalla’s score was the sixth game-winner of her career.

Friday’s match marks the 10th all-time meeting between West Virginia and Iowa State. Last season, the two teams met on Sept. 11, to open the 2020, conference-only fall campaign. Behind goals from Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel and Alina Stahl, WVU claimed a 2-0 victory in Ames. The Mountaineers are undefeated in the series, going 9-0-0 over the Cyclones since their first match in 2012, when West Virginia joined the Big 12 Conference. 

Matt Fannon is in his second season as the head coach at Iowa State, after leading the Cyclones to a five-match win streak to end the 2020-21 season. Prior to his hiring at ISU, Fannon was the head coach at Bowling Green, where he was a three-time MAC Coach of the Year.

The Cyclones are 3-5 so far this season, coming off a 1-0 loss at South Dakota on Sept. 19. Freshman midfielder Lauren McConnell leads the Iowa State offense in goals (2) and shots (7), while she also co-leads the squad with five points. In goal, junior Jordan Silkowitz has 24 saves on the year, starting six matches with a 0.98 goals-against average.

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