After a disappointing start to the season in non-conference play, West Virginia (3-3-3) begins conference play this week when they head to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech at John Walker Soccer Complex.

Conference play is a new start to the season for the slow starting Mountaineers, who haven’t scored in three straight matches. Scoring has been a problem all season for Nikki Izzo-Brown’s squad, as they have been shutout in six of their nine matches, 

Coming into conference play, Oklahoma State holds the best record at 7-1-1, with Texas slightly behind them with a 6-1-2 record. The worst record in the conference to this point belongs to Baylor, at 2-4-2. 

While the offense has been a source of struggles, the Mountaineers defense has been a bright spot that can lend hope for conference play, with five clean sheets in nine matches. Kayza Massey has surpassed 100 saves in her career this season, and has been a large part of the defensive prowess.

After their conference opener in Lubbock, the Mountaineers will stay on the road, traveling to Ames, Iowa for a battle with Iowa State. 

After a tough two week road trip, West Virginia will finally return home on September 30th, for their first conference home match, against Kansas at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

They won’t be home for long though, as they head back on the road to Fort Worth, Texas, after a week-long break in the schedule to take on 2021 conference champions TCU. The Mountaineers will return home once again, this time with Big 12 conference championship runner-ups Texas. 

The Mountaineers will stay at home to finish off their run of Texas teams, playing host to Baylor on October 16th, which also begins a series of three matches in seven days. The next two will be played in Oklahoma, with Oklahoma State on deck first, with a quick three day turnaround for the Oklahoma Sooners. 

The last match of the regular season will be played in Morgantown with Kansas State coming to town for Senior Night on October 27th. 

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