Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WVU Men’s and Women’s Soccer End Day with Triumphant Victories

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –      The No. 11/15 West Virginia women’s soccer team opened up their 2015-16 home slate today at Dick Dlesk Stadium with a hefty 5-0 win over the Duquesne Dukes. The West Virginia Men’s soccer team also ended the day with a W, as they broke multiple records in a 6-0 victory over San Francisco.

The Mountaineer women shot at the goal 38 times, placing 17 of those shots on-goal. Michaela Abam, Ashley Lawrence, Kailey Utley, Nia Gordon and Amandine Pierre-Louis each scored goals in today’s win.


Ashley Lawrence moves the ball downfield. (Photo Credit: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks Photo)

“Today’s win was a total team effort,” said head women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown in a press-release. “I felt we came in right away and set the tone for the match, and we maintained that pressure all game. We were able to create great chances today. Finishing with so many scorers is important in our attack.”

As for the men, Jamie Merriam scored two goals just a mere two minutes apart. Ryan Cain, Mike Desiderio, Jack Driscoll and Rushawn Larmond also scored goals in the win.


The WVU Men’s Soccer team celebrates a record-breaking win. (Photo Credit: All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks Photo)

“The big difference today was that we took advantage of our chances and scored two goals in the first eight minutes,” head coach Marlon LeBlanc said in a press-release. “When you score early it changes the dynamic of the game. This is a good soccer team we have here and I think they showed that today.”

Today’s six total goals broke the record for the most goals scored by the West Virginia men’s soccer team since LeBlanc took over the head coach position.

The WVU women’s soccer team is set to play next on September 4 where they’ll face the No. 4 ranked Penn St. in a home match. The men’s team will also play next on September 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they’ll face the Michigan Wolverines.


Quotes in this article via WVU Athletic Communications press-release. Photos courtesy of All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks.