WVU Varsity Sports Update

Sophomore Eric Schoenle of the West Virginia University men's soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week for his performance this past week against No. 5 UConn and Seton Hall.

A Yardley, Pa., native, Schoenle played every minute in both games and did an admirable job at the center back position in both games. Against Seton Hall, Schoenle scored the game-tying goal on a header in the 88th minute and then put in the game-winner in the 93rd minute on a header off a corner kick. Schoenle now has four total goals this season and two game-winning goals.

Schoenle finished the Seton Hall game with four shots.


Special Notes

  • Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced the 2011 gymnastics schedule last Monday. The Mountaineers will compete against three squads that qualified for last season's 12-team NCAA Championships' field, including Florida, who finished fifth at the Super Six Championship. WVU's slate features 12 meets, including five at the WVU Coliseum. The team opens against Missouri on Jan. 7 in Cancun, Mexico.

  • The WVU men's soccer team will host Marquette on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in the final home game of the regular season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.


    Previous Athletes of the Week

    Aug. 30 ........................ Lauren Evans, volleyball
    Sept. 6 ................. Bry McCarthy, women's soccer
    Sept. 13 .................. Eric Schoenle, men's soccer
    Sept. 20 ........................ Bonnie West, volleyball
    Sept. 27 ................... Shadow Sebele, men's soc­cer
    Oct. 4 .................... Blake Miller, women's soccer
    Oct. 10 .............. Megan Mischler, women's soccer
    Oct. 18 .................... Blake Miller, women's soccer


    This Week in Cross Country

    The West Virginia University cross country team is set for the Big East Championships, which will take place Oct. 30, in Syracuse, N.Y.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers had an impressive sixth-place finish at the Penn State National on Oct. 16, among some of the nation's top cross country programs ... No. 1 Villanova and No. 8 Syracuse took home the top finishes, but otherwise WVU lost only to well-respected Penn State, Miami (Ohio) and Grand Valley State ... Sarah-Anne Brault had her best finish of the year, finishing in 11th place out of 304 runners ... sophomore Kaitlyn Gillespie arrived in 17th place ... junior Ahna Lewis made her 2010 debut by coming in 36th place.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU had its best 1-to-5 spread of the year at the Penn State National, as runners 1-5 finished within 1:18 of each other ... the Mountaineers are now 49-8 on the season.

    "This is a nice progression for the team. I feel confident that we will continue to improve over the next month. I firmly believe that as a group we have one more step to take before fulfilling our outright potential." – coach Sean Cleary


    This Week in Women's Soccer

    West Virginia has earned a first round bye as the No. 2 seed in the American Division … WVU will face Rutgers, the No. 3 seed in the National Division, on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. in Morgantown … the postseason tournament is a 10-team Big East Championship bracket.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    The No. 23 West Virginia women's soccer team routed visiting Connecticut, 3-0, on Oct. 22 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the Mountaineers received a pair of one-goal, one-assist efforts from forward Blake Miller and midfielder Caroline Szwed, and rookie forward Emily Dillon notched her first career score in the victory … a pair of second half goals propelled WVU past visiting Providence, 2-1, on Oct. 24 … the Mountaineers received goals from defender Drea Barklage and forward Frances Silva to finish the regular season with a 13-4-1 record, including a 9-1-1 mark in Big East play … West Virginia has won a program-best nine consecutive Big East matches … goalkeeper Kerri Butler picked up her 10th shutout of the season in the win over UConn and earned her 45th career victory against Providence.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's current nine-match win streak ties the school record set by the 2002 and 2003 teams … the Mountaineers have now qualified for the Big East tournament in 11 straight years, only Connecticut and Rutgers have equaled the feat … West Virginia has advanced to the semifinal round in five consecutive seasons … Nikki Izzo-Brown has secured double-digit wins in each of the past 11 seasons, and she has never had a losing season in 16 years as a head coach … WVU has outscored its opponents 24-7 in conference games … eight different Mountaineers have recorded a game-winning goal in 2010 … yesterday's match was also "Senior Day" for six seniors: Butler, Cassandra Deitrick, Kristen Felice, Ashtin Larkin, Sydney Metheny and Megan Mischler.


    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers will host Marquette on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in the final home game of the regular season … West Virginia will then travel to Providence on Saturday Oct. 30, to take on the Friars in the final game of the regular season … the match will begin at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers registered a 1-1-0 mark this past week with a 2-0 loss against No. 5 UConn, and a 3-2 win against Seton Hall … sophomore Eric Schoenle scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the win over Seton Hall … junior Ruben Garrido scored the Mountaineers first goal.

    Notes and Quotes

    Redshirt senior Zach Johnson is only two shutouts away from tying Nick Noble (37) for the most shutouts in a career at WVU … Johnson is also only 103 minutes away from breaking the record for most minutes in a career at WVU … the Mountaineers are now 25-0-2 when scoring two or more goals under coach Marlon LeBlanc's watch.

    "It was a great performance from Eric and I thought he was brilliant in the back to be quite honest with you. He won everything in the air that they served in and won so many tackles in the back, he had a brilliant performance all around." - coach Marlon LeBlanc said on Eric Schoenle's play last week.


    This Week in Rifle

    The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team does not compete this week.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (1-1) fell to No. 2 TCU (2-0), 4675-4663, on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the WVU Rifle Range … WVU split the discipline matches with the Horned Frogs, winning smallbore, 2325-2315, before losing air rifle, 2360-2338 … TCU's Sarah Scherer finished first overall with an aggregate score of 1176 … WVU senior Tommy Santelli shot a combined score of 1173 and finished in second place, while classmate Kyle Smith finished in third with a score of 1169 … Smith shot 586 smallbore and finished first overall … Santelli finished in second place and matched a career-best score of 585 … Scherer took third place (584), while senior Andy Lamson finished in fourth (582) … Scherer and teammate Mattie Brogdon tied for first place in air rifle, as each shot 592 … teammate Sarah Beard finished in third (589), while Santelli paced WVU and finished in fourth (588).

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU's loss snaps the team's 18-match regular season win streak … despite the defeat, the team's first to the Horned Frogs, the Mountaineers still own a 3-1 series advantage … TCU is the reigning NCAA champions and is one of three past national champions WVU will face this season … senior Andraz Poje also shot a career-best 568 smallbore score … the Mountaineers competed without senior Nicco Campriani, as the reigning air rifle world champion is in Munich, Germany, competing at the 2010 European Championship.


    This Week in Rowing

    The West Virginia rowing team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 30, to compete in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

    Last Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU last competed on Oct. 16, at the Head of the Ohio regatta in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the team finished with three medals … WVU's open eight ‘A' boat took the gold with a time of 15:05.88 … the Mountaineers' ‘B' boat finished seventh in the event as it crossed the line at 16:02.89 … in the open doubles competition, WVU's ‘A' and ‘B' boats finished with the silver and bronze medals, behind Three Rivers (17:03.11) … the Mountaineers' ‘B' boat was runner-up with a time of 17:26.60, followed by a third-place finish by WVU's ‘A' boat (17:54.85).


    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia women's and men's swimming and diving teams are idle this week.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia women's swimming and diving team defeated Marshall, 170.5-124.5, in Huntington, W.Va. on Saturday … the men's team was idle.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers dominated the meet from the beginning and had 12 first-place finishes … sophomore Mandie Nugent placed first in the 100 fly and 200 fly … freshman Danielle Smith took first in the 100 back and 200 back … senior Lyn Ann Nelson finished first in the 100 free and 200 free.

    "It is always good to take this trip to get ready for future road trips and the women raced well today. We needed to improve on some things from last week and I feel that we did." - Coach Vic Riggs


    This Week in Tennis

    The West Virginia University tennis team's fall season is complete.

    Last Week in Tennis

    The Mountaineers competed in the ITA Regional Championships on Oct. 21-23, in Norfolk, Va.

    Notes and Quotes

    Freshman Melis Tanik, sophomore Emily Mathis and juniors Veronica Cardenas and Kathryn Haught represented WVU in the tournament … Tanik's performance throughout the fall season made her the only Mountaineer to automatically qualify for the main singles draw … after a tough loss in the main draw, Tanik came back in the singles consolation draw with two victories over Virginia Tech's Emily Lauten, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round, followed by a 6-3, 7-7(0) victory in the second round … the remainder of the matches were canceled.


    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team is set for its last road trip of the 2010 season this weekend … on Friday, Oct. 29, the Mountaineers will face Marquette at 8 p.m., at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. … on Sunday, Oct. 31, WVU will complete competition with a 2 p.m. match against Syracuse at the Women's building in Syracuse, N.Y.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers finished last weekend with a 0-2 record with losses to Duquesne (3-1) and Villanova (3-0).

    Notes and Quotes

    Junior Kylie Armbruster led the Mountaineers with 18 kills and 26 digs, including her second-straight double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs against Duquesne … senior Abby Norman also had a good week with 16 kills and seven blocks, while senior Lauren Evans posted 14 kills … junior setter Kari Post led in assists with 63 … she is currently No. 6 on WVU's all-time assists list with 2,320 in her career … junior Serinna Russo led in digs with 35.


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