The No. 13 West Virginia women’s soccer team came out strong on the offensive end of the field on Friday night in Morgantown striding to victory, 4-0.
The opening 26 minutes of action was all Iowa State as they managed to foot three shots delivered from Claudia Najera, Lauren McConnell and Morina Suter-Doerig. Two of the three shots were on goal as Mountaineer goalkeeper Kayza Massey saved a pair of shots on the bottom right and center of the goal.
Lauren Segalla then found the back of the net for the West Virginia 1-0 goal in the 27th minute. The goal was assisted from Isabella Sibley and gave the Mountaineers some momentum to close the first half. Following the Segalla goal a little more than halfway through the first, West Virginia was able to boot four shots to close out the half.
A pair of those Mountaineer shots to close out the opening half came off the feet of Lilly McCarthy as one of the shots was on goal and Iowa State was forced to make a team save. Overall through the first half, West Virginia led on the offensive end with five shots and three shots on goal. Massey also stepped up for a pair of saves through the first half to keep the Mountaineer advantage at one goal.
The second half was no different for the sophomore McCarthy getting off the first shot on goal near the bottom right of the box. Six minutes into the second 45-minute frame junior Juliana Lynch extended the Mountaineers lead to two goals off a second assist from Isabella Sibley.
Segalla would then follow up in the 62nd minute with the third West Virginia goal of the night and second of her own. The pair of goals marked Segalla’s fourth and fifth goals of the season for the redshirt senior forward.
With 14 minutes remaining in regulation and the Mountaineers sitting fairly comfortable A.J. Rodriguez was able to chip in a goal for the four-goal advantage. The game sealing goal marks Rodriguez’s first of the season and only fourth game to appear in for the season for the sophomore forward.
Overall on the night, West Virginia attempted 16 shots as opposed to five shots on the Cyclones side. The Mountaineers also booted 11 shots on goal making it a hard night for Iowa State goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz who had to make six saves through 90 minutes. Segalla led the entire offense with four shots always being seen near the net.
West Virginia will now get set for its next matchup against Oklahoma next Friday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.