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WVU Sports Weekly: WVU has rough week across all sports

West Virginia athletics had a rough past week and weekend. Soccer struggled, football really struggled, and rifle was the only team to pick up a win over the weekend.

No. 9 women’s soccer traveled to the Sunflower State to face both Kansas State and Kansas. On Thursday, the Mountaineers battled against Kansas State, but were unable to capitalize on chances late, ending the match in a 1-1 draw. On Sunday, it was another tough game for the for the Mountaineers. After scoring early, the Mountaineers and Jayhawks battled into double overtime, before Kansas was able to pull it out 2-1.

“This one is obviously tough,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “This one hurts, and unfortunately it was another one where we couldn’t finish all of our chances. We were consistently knocking at an opportunity to score and had a great effort today, but unfortunately Kansas was able to capitalize on one of our mistakes.”

After setting a school record for an undefeated streak to start a season after drawing on Tuesday against Lehigh, the No. 4 Mountaineers lost to Northern Illinois 2-0 on Saturday in MAC action. West Virginia will be back on the road in MAC action on Saturday, when they travel to Western Michigan.

“I think we can learn from the nature of which the game played out,” WVU coach Dan Stratford said. “We were out-competed in the first half. We knew (NIU) would be aggressive and energized for this game, and they showed a greater appetite for it in the first half than we did. We showed some courage in the second half and improved, but again, we haven’t been able to find a goal when we really needed it.”

Football had one of its worst days in a while. After losing three games by less 15 combined points, the Mountaineers suffered a 45-20 loss to Baylor, losing their third straight conference game to open the year. West Virginia will have a bye week this week, before traveling to face TCU.

“We were not very good today. We didn’t coach very good, we didn’t play very good, we didn’t stop them from throwing the football and we haven’t blocked them yet,” head coach Neal Brown said.

Rifle was the lone bright spot for West Virginia athletics. No. 1 West Virginia defeated No. 6 Memphis, to improve to 3-0 on the season.

“We had a pretty solid performance today, and it was nice to get our home season started,” WVU coach Jon Hammond said. “It was really a team effort today with a lot of solid results across the board. They are all working hard and making improvements, and we have to just keep doing that each week for the rest of the semester.”

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 14: Women’s Soccer vs No. 10 TCU, Volleyball @ Kansas State

Friday, Oct. 15: Women’s Swim vs Penn State, Volleyball @ Kansas State

Saturday, Oct. 16: Men’s Swim vs Penn State, Men’s Soccer @ Western Michigan

Sunday, Oct. 17: Women’s Soccer vs Texas Tech, Rifle @ NC State

(Photo via WVU Athletics)

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