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West Virginia Looks to Bounce Back Against TCU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 13, 2021) – The No. 21-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team returns to Morgantown for a big, week-day matchup with No. 11 TCU on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. ET, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Thursday’s match is Soctoberfest, with special German-themed food and beverages, including German potato salad, brats, pretzels and beer cheese and German beer, available at the concessions stand. Additionally, the first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free WVU koozie.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting WVUGAME.com or calling 1-800-WVU GAME to avoid lines at the gate on game day. When purchasing online, tickets are $5 each. Any remaining tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors at the stadium ticket window on match day.

WVU student tickets also will be made available at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The office, as well as the stadium gates, opens at 6 p.m., on game day. WVU students are admitted for free with a valid WVU Student I.D.

Andrew Caridi and Adam Zundell have the call of Thursday night’s top-25 contest on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. For more information, or to sign up for the digital platform, visit WVUsports.com/Big12Now. The game also can be heard on 91.7 FM (WWVU) in Morgantown, and live stats are available at WVUsports.com.

“We’re excited to get back home this week to face a very good TCU team,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “They have it all, and they’re not lacking in any department. We will have our hands full on Thursday, that’s for sure. It’s going to be a great match, and we’re excited for it.”

Traveling to Lawrence, Kan., on Oct. 10, for its second contest of a two-match road swing, WVU fell, 2-1, in double overtime at Kansas. For the second straight contest, WVU was on the board early, but allowed an opposing tally just minutes later. Senior forward Lauren Segalla netted her sixth goal of the season in the seventh minute, but Kansas added a score of its own in the 14th.

In the remainder of the match, neither team managed to find the back of the net, sending it to overtime. The game remained tied until the 110th minute, when the Jayhawks tallied the go-ahead and game-winning score. Despite the loss, West Virginia once again held distinct advantages in shots (18-7) and corner kicks (8-1), while the squad narrowly edged KU in shots on goal (5-4).

Thursday’s match marks the 14th meeting all-time between West Virginia and TCU, as the Mountaineers hold a 9-2-2 lead in the series. In last season’s contest, TCU beat WVU, 1-0, on Nov. 6, to clinch the Big 12 regular-season title. West Virginia has scored multiple goals in nine of 14 contests, including five consecutive multiple-goal matches from 2014-17. Additionally, WVU has never lost to TCU in Morgantown, holding a 4-0 advantage all-time.

Eric Bell is in his 10th season as the head coach at TCU, leading the Horned Frogs to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments since 2016. He was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2020 after he led the program to an 8-0-1 record and the program’s first regular-season title during the conference-only fall slate.

TCU is 11-2-1 this season, including a 3-1-1 mark in conference play. The squad is coming off a 3-0 victory over Oklahoma State on Oct. 10. Junior forward Grace Collins leads the Horned Frogs’ offense in goals (8), assists (7) and points (23), while senior Messiah Bright leads the team with 55 shots on the year. Sophomore Lauren Kellett leads the team in goal, starting all 14 matches with 53 saves and a 0.53 goals-against average.

Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications

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