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WVU Sports Weekly: Soccer Bounces Back

This week was a pretty good week for West Virginia athletics. Both Mountaineer soccer teams were able to pick up victories after having a bad stretch last week.

No. 21 men’s soccer was on the road on Saturday, facing Western Michigan in MAC play. The Mountaineers were down a goal late, before scoring twice in the last 15 minutes of play, to give West Virginia a 2-1 win, improving their record to 7-1-4 overall and 1-1-1 in conference.

Head coach Dan Stratford was pleased with his team’s effort, and thought the result was indicative of his team’s performance.

“Given the nature of the last week that we’ve had, the response was incredible,” Stratford said. “It would’ve been easy for us to fold over and really struggle, but we didn’t give up. I’m just really, really pleased with the result because I think over the course of the 90 minutes, we deserved to win the game.”

No. 21 women’s soccer had a tough start to their week on Thursday. The Mountaineers lost to No. 11 TCU at home, 1-0, and dropped their second straight match. On Sunday however, West Virginia responded. Hosting a powerful Texas Tech team, the Mountaineers were able to win 2-0 on the back of senior midfielder Isabella Sibley, who scored both goals for the Mountaineers.

Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown could not have been more happy for the senior, saying this was her moment, and she stepped up in the right spots for West Virginia.

“I was so proud of her for the kind of leadership she brought,” Izzo-Brown said. “We needed that win. I thought we had so many chances, which was the same thing as Thursday’s game, but she got a big senior moment and finished.”

Volleyball was back in action after a bye week, and traveled to Kansas State for two matches. The Mountaineers lost the first match 3-1 on Thursday, but responded in a big way, getting a 3-0 win on Friday to improve to 3-3 in conference play. West Virginia returns home this week to take on No. 11 Baylor on Friday and Saturday.

No. 2 rifle is in mid-season form, this time defeating No. 11 NC State. Rifle remains perfect on the year, with a 4-0 record and will not be back in action until Nov. 6 against TCU.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Oct. 19: Men’s Soccer @ No. 6 Kentucky

Thursday, Oct. 21: Women’s Soccer vs No. 25 Texas

Friday, Oct. 22: Volleyball vs No. 11 Baylor

Saturday, Oct. 23: Volleyball vs No. 11 Baylor, Football @ TCU, Men’s Soccer vs Elon

Sunday, Oct. 24: Women’s Soccer @ Baylor

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