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No. 6 Mountaineers Ready for OU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 22, 2020) – The No. 6-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team continues Big 12 play by traveling to Oklahoma on Friday, Oct. 23. Kickoff at OU’s John Crain Field in Norman is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Friday’s match is set to air live on FOX Sports Oklahoma, as well as the FOX Sports GO app. Live stats are provided by SoonerSports.com.

“OU has been in every game, and their record doesn’t necessarily reflect what they’re doing,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “They’re a tough team right now, and it’s going to take a lot to beat this team at home.”

The Mountaineers (5-1, 5-1 Big 12) and Sooners (0-3-1, 0-3-1 Big 12) are set to meet for the 12th time. Overall, WVU leads the series 10-0-1, including 2-0-1 in Norman. OU is one of three Big 12 teams to never defeat WVU, joining Iowa State and Kansas State.

West Virginia has tallied multiple goals in five of its last six contests against Oklahoma. Meanwhile, OU has registered just four goals all-time against WVU.

In last year’s meeting, junior forward Alina Stahl’s 54th-minute goal was the difference in a 1-0 win for the Mountaineers on Oct. 20, 2019, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. West Virginia outshot OU, 13-9, in the win, including 5-2 in shots on goal. Rylee Foster made a pair of saves for WVU to help earn the victory.

WVU is coming off a 2-1 win over Baylor on Oct. 16, in Morgantown, marking the squad’s third consecutive victory. The Mountaineers received a 36th-minute goal by Stahl, before senior midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel netted the game-winner in the 68th. Redshirt junior Lauren Segalla and sophomore defender Gabrielle Robinson were credited with assists on the night.

WVU outshot Baylor, 12-5, in the win, including 9-3 in shots on goal. Stahl led the way with four shots – all on goal – while Ferrer-vanGinkel added three more shots on goal.

In her second start of the season, sophomore goalkeeper Kayza Massey made two saves in the win.

Following the contest, Robinson was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, and she was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Team of the Week. The Big 12 honor marked the third consecutive week a WVU player has been honored by the conference in its weekly awards.

For the fifth consecutive week to begin the 2020 campaign, West Virginia appeared in the top 10 of the latest United Soccer Coaches National Poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Mountaineers checked in at No. 6. 

The Mountaineers entered the week ranked No. 5 nationally in assists per game (1.83) and points per game (6.17), No. 7 in scoring offense (2.17) and No. 8 in shots on goal per game (8.17), total goals (13) and total assists (11). Individually, Ferrer-vanGinkel checks in at No. 2 nationally in game-winning goals (3), No. 7 in total goals (4), No. 11 in total points (9) and No. 12 in goals per game (0.7).

Oklahoma is led by first-year coach Mark Carr, who spent the last six seasons with the U.S. Soccer Federation coaching the U-20 and U-17 Women’s National Teams, among other duties, during that time. OU, which finished 8-9-3 last season, claimed its lone point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Texas Tech on Oct. 2. The squad is coming off a 3-0 setback at Kansas State on Oct. 16.

Senior forward Reagan Glisson and senior midfielder Yuuka Kurosaki have tallied OU’s two goals this season. In goal, senior goalkeeper Nikki Panas has made 17 saves.

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