Friday September 7, 2012
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West Virginia plays in third-straight overtime game in 1-1 draw by robert kreis sports writer
A trend is developing with the West Virginia women’s soccer team, and it has not been pleasant. The Mountaineers played their third double-overtime game Thursday night in as many tries against the Duquesne Dukes that ended in a second straight draw for WVU. “We are struggling to put 90 minutes together,” said head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “That is something that we need to do. That’s our focus heading into Sunday.” The Mountaineers registered an outstanding 41 shots – the fourth-largest number in program history; however, shots do not put points on the scoreboard. “You are going to have those games, and we just can’t give up goals as easily as we have been,” Izzo-Brown said. The Dukes were on the board first when senior forward Paige Maroney struck the ball from 14 yards out past sophomore goalkeeper Sara Keane. Late in the second half, Keane was left with one-on-one again after the defensive back line broke down. “We are just trying to figure out what we can do defensively to get shutouts,” Izzo-Brown said. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to do it tonight. “We’ve got to figure it out because defense wins championships.”
The Mountaineers went into halftime down 1-0, only registering four shots on goal. Struggling to create an offensive attack, Izzo-Brown emphasized the importance of taking quality shots. It did not take long for IzzoBrown’s halftime pep talk to set in for sophomore Kate Schwindel, who fired a beautiful ball that entered from a drop pass, coming off the foot of freshman Kelsie Maloney into the goal early in the second half. “After halftime, we knew this was a team we couldn’t lose to,” Schwindel said. “We knew we had to come out and at least tie it up and get those chances. You’re not going to score any goals without any chances.” Schwindel’s offensive assault continued into the half, blasting a ball from beyond the penalty box that nosedived toward the goal before crashing into the crossbar and out of play. While Schwindel and the Mountaineers continued the attack, putting six shots on goal and taking nine corner kicks, the Duquesne defense and goalkeeper Ashley Szalwinksi refused to allow a score and forced the game into overtime. In the first overtime, the game went from an offensive onslaught to a defensive deadlock, with both teams failing to generate much offense. It looked like West Virginia
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Senior defender Bry McCarthy and the West Virginia women’s soccer team played Duquesne to a 1-1 draw in the Mountaineers’ third-straight overtime game.
Seven things Mountaineers play to 0-0 tie vs. Penn St. WVU must do to win Big 12 men’s soccer
By Amit Batra Sports writer
Hoping to bounce back from tough losses against No. 1 UNC and No. 15 Wake Forest, the No. 22 West Virginia men’s soccer team got back on the road Thursday night to take on Penn State. Since head coach Marlon LeBlanc took control of the Mountaineers, the program has gone 2-0-1 against Penn State. In 2006, WVU won 2-1. In 2007, the Mountaineers pulled out a 1-0 shutout victory. The overall series is in Penn State’s favor 18-6-2. The two teams ended in a tie after going the distance in a double-overtime thriller. In front of 728 in attendance, WVU and Penn State seemed to be too evenly matched for a win in State College, Pa. WVU goalkeeper Pat Eavenson had two saves on the night. Seniors Travis Pittman and Shadow Sebele each had two shots in the match. Freshman Andy Bevin and junior Craig Stephens also recorded two shots. In a match that lasted more than two hours, both teams were even in the shot department with 13 each. The Mountaineers won the shots on goal category 4-2. West Virginia also won the corner kick battle 7-3. Both teams were very physical throughout the affair, with the Nittany Lions having 13 fouls. WVU only had one fewer with 12. Two yellow cards were given to West Virginia, while Penn State also received one Thursday night. Coming into Penn State, Eavenson had a 0.75 goals against average in four
starts. WVU continued its struggle with not being able to capitalize on scoring opportunities. This was due to the Nittany Lions’ goalkeeper and a bit of unluckiness on the part of West Virginia. “We really created a lot and right now we’re just in a bit of a scoring funk,” LeBlanc said. “I think it would be more disappointing if we weren’t creating anything. Tonight we had a lot of opportunities, and their goalkeeper came up with two big saves and got help from the crossbar once.” There were opportunities for both teams, but solid goalkeeping solidified the draw. “We really pushed for the win, which opened us up a little on the counter, and we dodged some bullets,” LeBlanc said. “They’re a good team, but I thought we played very well and deserved at least a point on the road.” With the result, West Virginia goes to 2-2-1 on the season. The most positive result is coming back home Sunday. WVU returns to Morgantown to face Oakland Sunday at 1 p.m. The Golden Grizzlies will come into Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium with the intent to remain undefeated on the year. Oakland is 3-0-0 after three home wins against Vermont, New Hampshire and Cleveland State. More impressively, the Golden Grizzlies have not given up a goal on the season, as they has won two 1-0 shutouts over Vermont and Cleveland State. Oak-
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The No. 9 West Virginia football team began the 2012 season in record-setting fashion by defeating Marshall 69-34 Saturday. But for the Mountaineers to achieve their goals this season and win the Big 12 Conference Championship in their inaugural season, there are seven things that must occur.
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Head coach Marlon LeBlanc and the West Virginia men’s soccer team ended a difficult road stretch with a 0-0 draw against Penn State. land beat New Hampshire 3-0 to open up the season. Now, Oakland looks to have the same success on the road, as the next three of four games will be on the road. Leading the Golden Grizzlies will be junior midfielder Miche’le Lipari. Lipari scored two goals in the season opener over
New Hampshire. The goals were 38 seconds apart. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Scott Messer has been perfect on the season – as he hasn’t given up a goal so far. Oakland has outshot its opponents in two out of the three games this season. email@example.com
1. The defense must make plays The Mountaineer defense showed its youth after allowing 34 points and more than 400 yards against Marshall last week. Granted, many of those points and yards came against nonstarters in the fourth quarter, but WVU will play much more powerful offenses than Marshall this season. I’m not asking the unit to shut down opposing offenses. But, the Mountaineers must force turnovers and get off the field on third down if the team wants to be successful.
to keep defenses guessing and on its toes is crucial for the offense to reach its potential. 3. Woods has to make plays Senior wide receiver J.D. Woods claimed all preseason camp that he was ready to make plays in 2012. The ambitious receiver did just that against Marshall. Having Woods continue to produce throughout the season will be crucial for a West Virginia team that is looking for a reliable third target to throw to after Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. It takes some of the defensive attention off receivers Austin and Bailey and gives the offense another form of balance.
4. Miller and Jenkins need to step up Senior cornerbacks Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins both struggled Saturday. They were beaten consistently on deep balls by Rakeem Cato and had trouble bringing down Herd receivers. With the passhappy Big 12 Conference in the headlights, the two defensive backs will only be tested more in conference 2. Alston and Buie must play and must find a way to maintain balance improve quickly. Shawne Alston and Andrew Buie led a WVU rush5. WVU must avoid ing attack Saturday that turnovers Obviously, avoiding turnpiled up more than 300 yards. To think 300 rushing overs is something every yards is something the of- team strives to accomplish fense is capable of achiev- throughout the season. But ing every week would be a see arthur on PAGE 12 bit extreme. But being able