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WVU Sports Weekly: Football, Soccer Have Solid Week

Across West Virginia athletics, there were a lot of teams that had positive results this past week, including football, and both men’s and women’s soccer.

No. 25 West Virginia men’s soccer had a heartbreaking loss, followed by a solid win this week. On Tuesday, the Mountaineers traveled to face No. 4 Kentucky, losing in double overtime 1-0. On Saturday, the Mountaineers responded at home, beating Elon 3-1 on the back of two penalty kicks.

Head coach Dan Stratford was very pleased with his team’s second half performance, after going down 1-0 early in the first half.

“I was really proud of the players’ reaction at halftime,” Stratford said. “They responded with the right type of energy and got themselves back in the game today. Ultimately, we got what we deserved.”

Women’s soccer traveled to the state of Texas for two road matchups. On Thursday, the Mountaineers battled Texas to a 0-0 draw, and on Sunday it was the same result, against Baylor. Junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey recorded 14 saves in the two matches.

Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown knows her team has to be able to find the back of the net, no matter who is on the field.

“Obviously, it’s been a difficult last two weeks with three of our key starters out of the lineup due to COVID,” Izzo-Brown said. “I’m proud of how our team has battled, especially with two back-to-back overtime games, but we have to find a way to score. The team has shown a huge effort in creating opportunities, but some situations have just been out of our control this year.”

Football was back on the field after a bye week and traveled to face TCU. The Mountaineers came away victorious, 29-17. The Mountaineers rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns as a team, while the defense forced three turnovers. The Mountaineers will return home for a tilt against No. 22 Iowa State.

Volleyball struggled as they hosted No. 11 Baylor this weekend. The Mountaineers got swept in their two matches against the Bears. West Virginia lost 3-0, 3-1, and will look to get back on track this weekend, on the road against Iowa State.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Oct. 28: Men’s Soccer vs Georgia State, Women’s Basketball vs West Virginia Tech, Women’s Soccer vs Oklahoma State

Friday, Oct. 29: Men’s Basketball vs Akron (SCRIMMAGE)

Saturday, Oct. 30: Football vs Iowa State, Volleyball @ Iowa State,

Sunday, Oct. 31: Volleyball @ Iowa State, Men’s Soccer @ Georgia Southern

Photo by Sarah Caputi, WVU Athletics

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