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WVU Sports Weekly: Women’s Soccer and Volleyball have strong start to conference play

Over the past week there was plenty of action as conference play kicked off for women’s soccer, football and volleyball, as well as men’s soccer still competing in non-conference action.

Women’s soccer opened conference play against Iowa State on Friday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The No. 14 Mountaineers and Cyclones were pretty evenly matched in the first half, with West Virginia heading into the break up 1-0. In the second half, the Mountaineer pressure was too much, as they scored three goals, en route to a 4-0 victory.

Volleyball also got conference action underway this weekend, hosting Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday. The Mountaineers won 3-1, on both days, improving their record to 12-1, and will travel to face No. 1 Texas next weekend.

It’s great to start 2-0 in the conference,” said coach Reed Sunahara. “That is what we were striving for, and I thought we played well tonight.”

Men’s soccer had two matches this week and stayed undefeated. On Tuesday, West Virginia defeated Dayton 3-0, and then the Mountaineers picked up another win on Saturday against St. Bonaventure. The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 4 in the country, and their record stands at 6-0-2. This week, they will get underway in MAC conference action, as they host No. 20 Akron.

“It was really important for us to finish the game in the way that we did,” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “We got some good minutes from people off the bench. So, overall, it’s always pleasing when the score line is reflective of the performance.”

Football had a tough loss this weekend. The Mountaineers traveled to Norman, Oklahoma, and lost 16-13 on a last second field goal. West Virginia returns home this Saturday, to play Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 30: Men’s Soccer vs Akron, Volleyball @ Texas

Friday, Oct. 1: Women’s Soccer vs Oklahoma, Volleyball @ Texas

Saturday, Oct. 2: Football vs Texas Tech, Rifle @ Ole Miss

Photo by Corbin Mills, WVU Athletics

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