WVU Varsity Sports Update

Sophomore Kelsie Maloney of the West Virginia University women's soccer team has been named the Varsity Sport Athlete of the Week.

Maloney tallied three points over the weekend at the Penn State Invitational. She was credited an assist on senior forward Frances Silva's goal at No. 2 Penn State on Aug. 23. Maloney sent a cross into the middle of the box that was finished by Silva.

With a 1-0 lead, Maloney recorded a goal of her own in the 70th minute against the Nittany Lions. The Mountaineers battled PSU to a draw, 2-2, and came back on Sunday, Aug. 25, with a 2-1 victory over Syracuse.

WVU will be back in action on Friday, Aug. 30, for its home opener against Central Michigan. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The men's team will follow at 7:30 p.m. against Central Connecticut State.

WVU Student-Athletes of the Week

Week 1: Kelsie Maloney, Women's Soccer

This Week in Women's Soccer

The No. 19-ranked Mountaineers open the 2013 home schedule on Friday, Aug. 30, against Central Michigan at 5 p.m. WVU will then host Morehead State on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m.

Last Week in Women's Soccer

No. 19 West Virginia opened the 2013 season at the Penn State Invitational. The Mountaineers played No. 2 Penn State to 2-2 draw on Friday, Aug. 23, after taking a 2-0 advantage. On Sunday, Aug. 25, WVU tallied a late goal after Syracuse misplayed the ball into their own goal to give the Mountaineers the 2-1 victory.

Notes and Quotes

"We opened up with two tough teams, and this was an eye-opening weekend. There are a lot of lessons to be had, but I'm glad we'll be able to get better for next Friday," says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. Senior forward Frances Silva was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award … Silva moved into a tie for ninth in program history with 24 career goals at No. 2 Penn State on Aug. 23 … senior goalkeeper Sara Keane tied a career-high with eight saves at No. 2 Penn State … junior forward Kate Schwindel scored her 16th career goal against Syracuse on Aug. 25.

This Week in Men's Soccer

The Mountaineers will host two games as part of the WVU/Penn State Classic at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium to open the 2013 season … Central Connecticut State will travel to Morgantown for the season opener on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m., while WVU will host Radford on Monday, Sept. 2, at 2:30 p.m.

Last Week in Men's Soccer

West Virginia played its final exhibition game last Friday at Villanova, playing to a 0-0 draw … the Mountaineers outshot the Wildcats, 24-3, while junior forward Andy Bevin took a game-high six shots.

Notes and Quotes

West Virginia finished the 2012 season with an 9-6-2 record, 4-2-1 in Mid-American Conference play … WVU returns 13 student-athletes and will welcome 10 newcomers.

This Week in Volleyball

WVU will kick off 2013 this weekend in Toledo, Ohio, in the Blue/Gold Invitational. The Mountaineers will face Eastern Illinois, Saturday at 10 a.m., Loyola-Chicago, Saturday at 5 p.m. and Toledo, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Last Week in Volleyball

The Mountaineers held their annual Gold-Blue Intrasquad Scrimmage at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 24. The Gold Team, led by freshman setter Haley Roe and sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett, posted a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19) victory.

Notes and Quotes

Five newcomers, four freshmen and a senior, sported the Old Gold and Blue for the first time Saturday at the Coliseum … Coach Jill Kramer was pleased with what she saw from her team: "I felt the girls played very hard. We served and passed rather well," Kramer says. "There are always some things we need to improve, but for the most part I was pleased with our performance."

This Week in Cross Country

West Virginia will being its 2013 campaign Saturday, Aug. 31, while competing at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.

Last Week in Cross Country

WVU head coach Sean Cleary announced the addition of Erin O'Reilly as an assistant coach. O'Reilly, who spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant at Boston College, was a 1993 graduate of WVU. She ran one season under Cleary, while he served as a graduate assistant for the Mountaineers.

Notes and Quotes

O'Reilly on her hiring: "I am overjoyed and extremely excited to return to what I consider my roots here in Morgantown. I gave 100 percent to WVU when I was here as a runner, and I'm looking forward to giving my all as a member of the Mountaineer staff."

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