Tickets for these two home games may only be purchased by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in person at the Coliseum ticket office; they will not be available online. Single game tickets for the East Carolina and Connecticut games are $45 each. Tickets are also available for WVU's road games versus Maryland, South Florida, Syracuse and Cincinnati. No tickets are available for road dates against Marshall and Rutgers. Away game tickets will be available for purchase online at wvugame.com, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in person at the Coliseum Ticket Office.
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The West Virginia University women's soccer team has been chosen to win the league division title, a program-first, Big East conference officials announced.
"This is a very exciting time for our program to be picked as favorites in the Big East," says head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. "We have finished first in years past, but to start the preseason first and end the season in first will be challenging. We haven't played a game yet but we'll continue to work hard and stay focused on bringing a championship back to Morgantown."
The Mountaineers return nine starters as they look to repeat as American Division Big East champions. WVU garnered 10 of the 16 first-place votes in voting done by the league's 16 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players or teams. West Virginia also placed two players on the preseason all-Big East team in juniors Amanda Cicchini and Deana Everrett. The duo totaled 22 goals and 54 points in 2006 as WVU made its seventh straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Notre Dame received 15 first-place votes and was picked to win the National Division. The Irish, like West Virginia, also won their division title last year. Big East play begins on September 21, as all 16 teams are in action over eight games. Each team plays seven opponents within its division and four opponents from the other division. The Mountaineers open up the 2007 campaign at home against Bowling Green on Fri., Aug. 31. Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, also the site of the 2007 Big East Championships, will play host to 10 home matches this fall. The conference home opener is scheduled for Fri., Sept. 28, against St. John's and senior day will take place on Sun., Oct. 28, against Marquette.
WVU will take to the road for eight matches at campus sites, including a matchup at regional foe Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 2. The Mountaineers will play a neutral site game against Texas A&M on Friday, Sept. 14, at Penn State.