This year was nothing short of remarkable for men’s soccer and volleyball. Men’s soccer made it to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1981, and volleyball made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Unfortunately, both seasons came to an end this week, with men’s soccer losing 1-1 (4-1) in penalty kicks to Georgetown and volleyball losing 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Illinois.
Head men’s soccer coach Dan Stratford said he felt his team left it all out on the pitch and was proud of the players.
“We left here with no regrets,” Stratford said. “We played a great game against a great team. (There were) marginal decisions. It’s a penalty shootout, so it could’ve gone either way, but we just played a team that has been (in the quarterfinals) for three years in a row, won it all in 2019, and is 12-0 at home. But between the two sides, I’d argue we came on stronger in the second half despite having the lead. So, I’m just so proud of our players’ effort and the courage they’ve shown all season.”
On the volleyball side, head coach Reed Sunahara said his team made history even if this season did not end the way they wanted it to.
Congrats to Illinois for advancing,” Sunahara said. “It’s not the way we wanted to end, but I am proud of our players and our program for getting to the tournament, and making it this far. They made history, and I am proud of them for working hard and getting us here.”
Across other sports, men’s and women’s basketball were in action as well as football finding out their bowl destination.
Men’s basketball went 2-0 this week. The Mountaineers beat Bellarmine and Radford by a combined 35 points. The Mountaineers are going to have a huge test in store this week, when No. 15 UConn comes to town on Wednesday.
Women’s basketball went on the road and lost to a solid Kentucky team. The Mountaineers lost to No. 16 Kentucky 83-60 in Lexington. West Virginia has two games this week against Charlotte and James Madison.
West Virginia football now knows where they will be going at the end of this season. The Mountaineers are playing in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 28.
Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, Dec. 7: WBB vs Charlotte
Wednesday, Dec. 8: MBB vs No. 15 UConn
Sunday, Dec. 12: MBB vs Kent State
Photo by WVU Athletic Department