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First Big 12 Road Trip on Tap for WVU

MANHATTAN, Kan. (Oct. 6, 2021) – The No.9-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team travels to Manhattan, Kansas, for its first road test of the Big 12 Conference season, as the squad takes on Kansas State on Thursday, Oct. 7. Kickoff at KSU’s Buser Family Park is tabbed for 8 p.m. ET. 

Thursday’s match will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, with Brian Smaller, Maddie Souder and Kelsey Bigelow on the call. Live stats also are available at WVUsports.com.

“Being on the road is never easy in the Big 12, no matter where you play,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “We have two huge matches coming up this week, starting out with Kansas State on Thursday. This weekend is definitely going to test us, but we’re looking forward to the challenge that’s ahead.”

Last time out, WVU dominated possession and scored a pair of goals in the second half to tally a 2-0 win over Oklahoma, on Oct. 2. Despite both teams going scoreless in the first half, freshman forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran earned the game winner just 20 minutes into the second period off an assist from junior defender Gabrielle Robinson. Sophomore midfielder Lilly McCarthy added a second goal for the Mountaineers, while freshman forward Lisa Schöppl recorded her second assist of the season, earning credit for the helper on McCarthy’s score.

West Virginia dominated every statistical category, leading the Sooners 16-2 in shots, as well as 7-1 in shots on goal. The Mountaineers earned four corner kick opportunities on the afternoon, while they didn’t allow the OU offense to tally any.

Thursday’s match marks the fifth meeting between West Virginia and Kansas State, as WVU holds an undefeated record in the series. Last season, the two teams met at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, on Sept. 18, during the conference-only, fall slate, with WVU earning a 4-1 victory over K-State. The Mountaineers have met the Wildcats in the regular season during Big 12 conference play since KSU joined the conference in 2017.

Mike Dibbini is in his sixth season at the helm in Manhattan, leading the team to an overall mark of 20-54-10. Dibbini achieved a program-best 3-6 conference mark in 2020-21, as well as a seventh-place finish in the conference, also a program best. The Wildcats are 6-6 this season and 1-2 in conference play, coming off a thrilling, 2-1 win in overtime at Kansas on Sept. 30.

Junior forward Marisa Weichel leads the K-State offense in goals (5) and points (10), while midfielder Brookelyn Entz leads the squad in assists (4) and shots (36). Sophomore Alaina Werremeyer is the starting netminder, with 42 saves on the year and a 1.65 goals-against average.

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