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WVU Welcomes Oklahoma for Friday Night Matchup

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Sept. 30, 2021) – The No.12-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team continues its homestand on Friday, Oct. 1, as it welcomes Big 12 foe Oklahoma to Morgantown. Kickoff from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is tabbed for 7 p.m. ET.

It’s the women’s soccer team’s Alumni Weekend, and the squad is set to welcome several former players back to Morgantown. Additionally, in conjunction with Big 12 Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s Mental Health Awareness Night, as the Mountaineers support Hilinski’s Hope Foundation.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting WVUGAME.com or calling 1-800-WVU GAME to avoid lines at the gate on game day. When purchasing online, tickets are $5 each. Any remaining tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors at the stadium ticket window on match day.

WVU student tickets also will be made available at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The office, as well as the stadium gates, opens at 6 p.m., on game day. WVU students are admitted for free with a valid WVU Student I.D.

Andrew Caridi and Adam Zundell have the call of Friday night’s contest on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. For more information, or to sign up for the digital platform, visit WVUsports.com/Big12Now. The game also can be heard on 91.7 FM (WWVU) in Morgantown. Live stats are available at WVUsports.com.

“We are obviously really excited to get back to work on Friday after opening Big 12 play with a win last week,” senior associate head coach Lisa Stoia said. “For us, we tackle every week the same, no matter the opponent. So, as we get back to the drawing board, we’ll focus on how we can best prepare for a good Oklahoma team and find some success against them this week.”

In WVU’s first Big 12 Conference match of the campaign, redshirt senior forward Lauren Segalla tallied the first brace of her career to lift WVU to a 4-0 win over Iowa State on Sept. 24. Along with two scores from Segalla, junior midfielder Juliana Lynch and sophomore forward/midfielder AJ Rodriguez also found the back of the net against the Cyclones. Senior midfielder Isabella Sibley recorded a pair of assists in the victory

Defensively, the Mountaineers recorded their fifth clean sheet of the campaign, holding Iowa State to just three shots on goal. Segalla’s 28th minute, game-winning strike was the seventh of her career and second in as many games. The Salisbury, Connecticut, native led the offense with four shots on the night.

Friday’s match marks the 13th meeting between West Virginia and Oklahoma, as WVU holds an 11-0-1 advantage all-time in the series. The Mountaineers are undefeated at home in the series, going 6-0 against the Sooners since the first match in 2012. Last season, the two teams met in Norman, on Oct. 23, during the conference-only fall slate. WVU earned a 1-0 victory over OU, with Alina Stahl scoring the lone goal of the match in the 20th minute.

Mark Carr is in his second season at the helm in Norman, after joining the program in January 2020. Prior to Oklahoma, Carr coached the U-20 Women’s National Team during its preparations for World Cup qualifying. The Sooners are 4-7-1 so far this season, following a 4-3 loss at Texas on Sept. 26.

Senior forward Bri Amos leads the Oklahoma offense in assists (3), shots (30) and points (9), while senior forward Jazzy Richards leads the squad with four goals. In net, redshirt senior Nikki Panas has 30 saves on the year, starting in 10 matches and posting a 2.38 goals-against average.

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