The No. 12-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team outlasted Duquesne 3-0 in Morgantown on Sunday evening following an hour-long weather delay.
The Mountaineers were able to net three goals on the night and hold the Dukes to no goals the entire evening. West Virginia controlled the ball much of the game as Duquesne simply looked a step behind at all times, not able to take possession for very long and the ball seeming to always find its way onto the Mountaineers side of the field.
“Better passing efficiency was something we really talked about and really wanted to see from the team today,” Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “We had better purpose with our possession tonight and were able to take care of the ball. We did well with that last week against Virginia, so that was something we have to have in order to be a better team.”
The first half saw Isabella Sibley put West Virginia on the board 33 minutes into action on a netted ball from inside the box after a Leah Sparacio assist from the other goalpost to confuse Duquesne’s goalkeeper for the score. The goal followed a trio of Mountaineer shot attempts which weren’t able to reach the back of the net.
Seven minutes into the second half was all it took for the Mountaineers to strike again as Juliana Lynch was able to gather and score a Jordan Brewster corner kick for the two-goal advantage early in the second. Then only 14 minutes later, Aaliyah Scott netted a ball into the top part of the goal which capped the scoring on the night and sealed the three-goal victory for West Virginia.
Freshman forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran registered the most shots on the night with five total and was followed by junior defender Julianne Vallerand’s three shots in the match. A pair of Heredia-Beltran’s shots were on goal to lead the Mountaineers as well on the night.
West Virginia’s defense was able to hold Duquesne to only two shots and a lone shot on goal the entire match as goalkeeper Kayza Massey only had to make two saves through all of regulation.
The Mountaineers combined for 13 corner kicks total with one off the foot of Brewster resulting in the second goal of the match.
West Virginia will now host Penn State on Thursday, September 2 at 7 p.m. on Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night.