The No. 18 West Virginia women’s soccer team did the exact same thing the men’s team did earlier in the week Thursday night in Morgantown, concluding to a 0-0 draw at the end of another pair of overtime periods.
The game began when No.-24 Georgetown came out strong on the offensive side of the ball in the first half owning four shots including a pair off the feet of Kelly Ann Livingstone that were saved by West Virginia goalkeeper Kayza Massey. West Virginia was only able to muster a lone shot in the half by Julianne Vallerand.
The second half was a different tale as the Mountaineers took control of the ball for much of the time and forced six shots as well as eight corner kicks on missed opportunities at the net. In all, Julianne Vallerand led the Mountaineers in shots on the night with four attempts followed by Juliana Lynch and Maya McCutcheon who contributed with two apiece.
“The girls that we just needed to connect and we just needed to open up some channels and I thought we did better with moving the ball and opening them up a little bit,” WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “Just taking care of the ball and doing what I know we can do and unfortunately we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
At one point in the second half of Thursday night’s match the Mountaineers were able to get off five corner kicks in less than 10 minutes. Vallerand was easily the leader on the offensive side of the ball with the four shots but it was the defenses that really played the difference on the night for both teams just as much.
“We talked a lot this week about the journey of a college soccer season, and it’s always going to be tough,” Izzo-Brown said. “Fighting for a shutout was really important, and the effort that was given tonight was really important. Now, it’s just the hunt for the goals. As everyone probably felt, there were some really big moments. We’re knocking on the door, but now we just have to finish.”
Each goalkeeper only had to make a pair of saves on Thursday as both Massey and Allie Augur made two stops through another 110 minutes of action. Massey’s saves came in the first half and were pivotal moments in keeping the match tied at halftime. Through six matches this year Vallerand has made the most shot attempts with 16 while Dilary Heredia-Beltran has shot nine towards the net.
West Virginia surely looked like they could have had a chance again in the two overtime periods, getting off a shot on a McCutcheon attempt that went soaring over the crossbar. The Mountaineer backline and Massey in goal had to scrape out not allowing a goal in the final few minutes of the overtime against a tough Georgetown offensive attack but ultimately prevailed in the clean sheet.
The Mountaineers will now get set to host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday at 1 p.m. to see if they can wrap up a four match homestand strong.