Monday, December 11, 2017

WVU women’s soccer shuts-out Longwood, improves record to 7-1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. —     The No. 5 ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team has improved their record to a stellar (7-1) following a dominant performance over the Longwood Lancers this afternoon.

In the (4-0) shutout, the Lancers never even had a chance to get a single shot on the goal, something that rarely happens in collegiate soccer. The Mountaineers also claimed another big shutout (2-0) on September 11 as they traveled to Ohio St. to take on the No. 15 Buckeyes.

Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown calls out to her players during today's win. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks/WVUsports.com)

Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown calls out to her players during today’s win. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks/WVUsports.com)

“I’m really pleased with the way the defense is playing right now. It was huge for us to go to Ohio State Friday night and get a shutout over a very good nationally ranked team, and it was just as big to get another shutout today,” said Nikki-Izzo Brown, now in her 20th season as West Virginia’s head coach.

Michaela Abam, a sophomore, dominated the Mountaineers offense by shooting at the goal 10 times and scoring twice.

Defender Kadeisha Buchanan keeps the ball away from a Longwood player. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks/WVUsports.com)

Defender Kadeisha Buchanan keeps the ball away from a Longwood player. (Photo Credit: Dale Sparks/WVUsports.com)

Kailey Utley and Carla Portillo also scored goals in today’s match. West Virginia finished the game with 41 total shots at the goal.

“Our hope is that we’ll continue to climb,” said Izzo-Brown in a WVUsports.com press release following the win. “Most importantly, we want that No. 1 ranking at the end of the year. Right now, we’re focused on winning and getting better each game.”

The West Virginia women’s soccer team will next face Buffalo this Friday at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

 

Quotes in this article via WVU Athletic Communications.

Photos by Dale Sparks for WVUsports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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