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WVU Makes Trek to Texas

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 20, 2021) – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team prepares for its first match of a two-game road swing through Texas, as the squad faces No. 21 Texas on Thursday, Oct. 21. Kickoff at Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field in Austin, is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

Thursday’s match will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network, with Glenn Davis and Michael Lahound on the call. Live stats also are available

“Texas has two special players leading their offense who are going to present a big challenge for us,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “They had the best recruiting class in the country because of those two, so we’re definitely going to have our hands full. It’s going to be a great matchup on Thursday.”

Last time out, senior midfielder Isabella Sibley recorded her first career brace to lift WVU to a 2-0 win over Texas Tech on Oct. 17. In the squad’s annual Pink Match, Sibley put the Mountaineers on the board in the 71st minute on a ball from junior midfielder Maya McCutcheon. Then, she added the finishing touches on the win and the brace in the 90th minute, giving WVU its third Big 12 win of the season, as well as its seventh shutout of the campaign.

West Virginia outshot Texas Tech, 14-8, while also tallying seven shots on goal to the Red Raiders’ three. The two teams earned four corner kicks apiece, and junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey made a trio of key saves in the match.

Thursday’s match marks the 13th meeting all-time between West Virginia and Texas, as the Mountaineers hold a 9-2-1 lead in the series. In the two teams’ meeting in 2020-21, WVU beat Texas, 2-1, on Oct. 2. The Mountaineers got an early lead with back-to-back goals in the 17th minute, the first from Jordan Brewster on a penalty kick and the second an unassisted goal by Lauren Segalla.

The Mountaineers have won the last four meetings with the Longhorns, dating back to the 2017 season. West Virginia and Texas have met in the regular season each year since WVU joined the conference in 2012, while they also have met twice in the Big 12 Tournament and once in the NCAA Tournament.

Angela Kelly is in her 10th season at the helm in Austin, leading the Longhorns to an overall mark of 92-61-20. Kelly has led the team to a trio of Big 12 Semifinal appearances and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Texas is 8-3-4 this season, with a 4-0-2 record in conference play, coming off a scoreless draw in double overtime at Baylor on Oct. 15.

Freshman midfielder Lexi Missimo leads the Longhorns’ offense in assists (9), shots (73) and points (25), while she co-leads the squad in goals (8) with classmate Trinity Byars. Fifth-year senior Savannah Madden is the starting netminder for the Longhorns, boasting 55 saves a 0.88 goals-against average.

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