MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Sept. 2, 2021) – The No. 12-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team falls short against No. 7 Penn State on Thursday. The game was held at 7 p.m. ET at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
Moving on from their previous game against Duquesne, the Mountaineers were able to finish with a win. The ending score ended as a 3-0.
WVU falling to their second loss this season, the first being against No.4 Virginia and now No.7 Penn State.
“It’s been a natural rivalry over the years with Penn State. Both programs have had tremendous success, so I think that’s always brought a big-game mentality into this rivalry,” Nikki Izzo-Brown said.
This season marks the 20th all-time meeting between the Nittany Lions and the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers were able to keep possession of the ball a decent amount there in the first half, attempting thirteen shots on goal. WVU junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey was able to hold off eight shots that the Nittany Lions were able to shoot. Penn State was able to drill in two shots also made during the first half, taking the lead of the game.
Penn State’s first goal was off the foot of sophomore Ellie Wheeler in the 30th minute, who unfortunately was as able to get around the Mountaineer’s defense.
The second goal was then scored for Penn State, 63 seconds later by senior Kerry Abello. Abello was able to let one fly hitting the upper half of the goal.
The Mountaineers were able to get a couple more shots on goal during the second half, averaging out to thirteen shots in total.
Although Penn State redshirt junior goalkeeper Katherine Asman was able to fight off the pressure and secure the victory for the Nittany Lions. Penn State freshman Jilly Shimkin and redshirt junior Ally Schlegel both got yellow cards during the second half.
Looking at the stats of last night’s game, you can see that the game was very well matched, ending in Penn State having more control over the ball during the first half.
Last night’s game being a loss, Izzo-Brown is now preparing for the team’s second consecutive top 25 match the following week. The Moutaineers will play No. 8 Georgetown at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. on September 9th.