The past week for West Virginia athletics was full of rivalries, big games, and the possibility for upsets of ranked opponents across all sports.
This past week, the women’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the year. The Mountaineers hosted the Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown. WVU got off to a good start, defeating George Washington and UMBC on Thursday.
On Friday, West Virginia hosted No. 20 Penn State, and lost for the first time this year, losing 3-0 in straight sets to put their record at 10-1, before kicking off conference play this week.
Soccer had a huge week this week this week as well. The men’s team played Marshall in what was one of the most exciting matchups of the soccer season thus far. The No. 4 ranked Mountaineers traveled to face No. 6 Marshall in what was deemed the ‘West Virginia Derby.’ The Mountaineers ended up settling with a 2-2 draw with their in state rival, but showed they can play on the national stage.
“I’m just proud of the players. This was a new challenge in my tenure with the program,” WVU men’s soccer head coach Dan Stratford said. “We’ve obviously had good results at home against ranked opponents, but this was the first time we’ve really had to go into someone else’s environment and see what we’re made of. I’m really pleased that 3,000 people here had a good time, and so did everyone else watching it.”
The women’s team played two matches, and picked up two wins ahead of the beginning of conference play this week. After defeating Saint Francis 5-0 last Sunday, the Mountaineers rode that momentum to a 2-1 road win against James Madison, and then came back home to get a 2-1 win over Kent State.
This Friday, women’s soccer will be back in action, facing Iowa State to begin conference play.
The highlight of the week was Mountaineer football. On Saturday, in front of a sell-out crowd, the Mountaineers defeated longtime rival No. 15 Virginia Tech for the first time in almost two decades. The Mountaineers won 27-21, with the defense holding on late at the goal line, after quarterback Jarret Doege made a costly interception late in the game.
West Virginia will now travel to Norman, Oklahoma, this week for a primetime matchup against the No. 4 Sooners.
Schedule of Events This Week:
Tuesday, Sept. 21: Men’s Soccer vs Dayton
Friday, Sept. 24: Volleyball vs Oklahoma, Women’s Soccer vs Iowa State
Saturday, Sept. 25: Volleyball vs Oklahoma, Football @ Oklahoma, Men’s Soccer vs St. Bonaventure
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