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Mountaineers Unable to Out-Duel TCU in Top-25 Matchup

The No. 21 West Virginia women’s soccer team came out flat on Thursday evening ultimately falling in their top-25 matchup with No. 11 TCU, 1-0.

The Mountaineers came out stronger than their opponent in the first half footing four shots through the opening period as opposed to TCU’s two shots. The first good look that West Virginia got was a freshman forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran shot on goal 27 minutes into the game which was saved by Horned Frogs goalkeeper Lauren Kellett.   

Another shot on goal in the first half came off the foot of sophomore forward Chloe Adler 32 minutes into the contest in the bottom center of the goal which forced Kellett to make her second save of the evening.

Kellett was forced to make four saves in goal for TCU on the night, stopping four balls from reaching the back of the net compared to West Virginia goalkeeper Kayza Massey’s lone stop.

Sophomore midfielder Lilly McCarthy booted a shot 31 minutes into the match that looked like it may have had a chance before hitting the top woodwork and bouncing off for the remained knotted score at 0-0.

TCU came out looking a bit stronger on the offensive pitch in the second half of action as the Horned Frogs were able to get off four shots, the same number that West Virginia produced in the second half.

Similar to the first half, Heredia-Beltran was able to send another shot at the goal only eight minutes into the second half of the match. The shot was targeted toward the bottom center of the net and saw Kellett make her third stopped goal of the night. Then, only four minutes later Heredia-Beltran got off another shot, but it was off goal.

The final stop of the night for Kellett came with 30 minutes remaining in the half and junior midfielder Gabrielle Robinson sending a shot toward the top of the goal which was stopped before the Horned Frogs got on the board 76 minutes into the match.

Massey’s lone save of the night for the Mountaineers came 62 minutes into action as TCU’s Grace Collins booted a shot toward the bottom center of the goal for the lone West Virginia save of the night.

With just under 20 minutes remaining in regulation and neither team able to come up with any answers through 70 minutes, TCU’s Oli Pena gathered in a corner kick from Jenna Winebrenner and shot it right by Massey for the one goal Horned Frogs advantage in the second period.

The one goal was all TCU needed in route to a lone goal victory over their Big 12 competitors. Heredia-Beltran led both teams in shots on the night with three total and a pair of shots on goal for her Mountaineers. The lone goal scorer on the night in Pena only played 18 minutes of the match and only needed one shot on goal to make the difference in the match.

West Virginia will now get set for its next Big 12 matchup when the team hosts Texas Tech on Sunday, October 17 for Senior Day inside Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

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