Senior women's soccer player Kiley Harris has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play over the weekend that helped WVU win two matches, including a 1-0 upset of No. 15 Penn State.
Harris notched the game-winning goal in the 79th minute of the PSU win Sunday. The goal was the first of the season for Harris and the seventh in her career. Harris' late second-half goal gave head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown her 150th career win at WVU. The Cicero, Ind., native played 40 minutes on Friday and on Sunday to spark a relentless offensive attack. WVU's offense outshot its opponents 51-15 in the two weekend games.
This Week in Women's Soccer:
West Virginia returns to action on Friday, Sept. 14, against No. 5 Texas A&M in State College, Pa. … WVU then plays host to Xavier on Sunday, Sept. 16 … both of this week's foes are first-time opponents … Friday's meeting with A&M gives WVU a third consecutive weekend against a ranked opponent.
Last Week in Women's Soccer: WVU improved to 2-1 on the season with a 3-1 win over Rhode Island Friday night … leading 1-0 at the half, senior forward Kim Bonilla scored the first of two goals on the night, including the game-winner in the 54th minute … Bonilla found the net again in the 79th minute to put the match out of reach … the multi-goal game was the third of Bonilla's career …a crowd of 887 witnessed head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown's 150th career win at WVU on Sunday in a 1-0 win over No. 15 Penn State … a relentless WVU offensive attack paid off in the 79th minute on a goal from senior forward Kiley Harris … the goal was the first of the season for Harris and seventh in her career … WVU outshot PSU 23-7 on the day and held an 8-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Notes & Quotes: Xavier and Texas A&M are two of five first-time opponents on WVU's 2007 schedule … Sunday's victory marked the program's 150th win … WVU has won 18 of its last 20 games (18-1-1) at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
"Anytime you reach a landmark like 150, you think about the people who helped you get there. I cherish this win and all the people who helped us reach this mark."- Nikki Izzo-Brown on her 150th career win.
This Week in Men's Soccer: The West Virginia men's soccer team hosts Duquesne in the squad's home opener on Monday at 7 p.m. ... WVU will then hit the road to take on No. 2 Duke on Saturday, Sept. 15 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Last Week in Men's Soccer: Dan Stratford netted the game-winner for the No. 20 West Virginia University men's soccer team as they defeated No. 6 Maryland 1-0 in sudden death overtime … just thirty-five seconds into the sudden death match, Stratford headed a line drive off of a cross from senior Mike Anoia that flew past the Terrapin goalkeeper to secure the victory ... the goal was the first of the season for Stratford … goalkeeper Zach Johnson earned the shutout for WVU recording two saves ... the match was just the third of his collegiate career and his second shutout … WVU is now 2-1-0 on the season
Notes & Quotes: The Maryland match was the first of two games on CSTV this year ... the other CSTV match is on Oct. 31, when the Mountaineers will be on the road against Lafayette … adding to the pair of CSTV matches, the men's home match against Connecticut on Oct. 19, with be aired on the Fox Soccer Channel … the Mountaineers' overtime against No. 6 Maryland was the squad's first win against a ranked opponent this season … the win was in front of 5,022 fans-the fifth largest crowd ever at Ludwig Field.
"We played well tonight and I think we deserved this win. I think our guys showed serious resiliency in front of a crowd of over 5,000 people. My hope is that we can create the same environment when we open in Morgantown on Monday night." - head coach Marlon LeBlanc.
This Week in Cross Country: The WVU cross country team will run at the Lock Haven Invitational on Sept. 15, in Lock Haven, Pa.
Last Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers were idle last week ... WVU last competed at the WVU Invitational held at the WVU Agronomy Farm on Sept. 1 ... WVU had five of the top eight spots ... WVU freshmen Kaylyn Christopher and Kate Harrison took first and second place, respectively, both with a time of 15:29 ... junior Alison Spiker crossed the finish line third in 15:57 ... other top WVU finishers included Karly Hamric in fifth (16:12), Nicole Lemal in eighth (16:38), Nicole Dorinzi in ninth (16:40) and Kerry Davis in 11th (16:54).
Notes & Quotes: Cleary's top three athletes, Marie-Louise Asselin, Keri Bland and Clara Grandt should run at Lock Haven this week ... in other cross country news, sophomore Maria Dalzot leaves Tuesday to run in the World Mountain Running Tournament Saturday, Sept. 15, in Ovronnaz, Switzerland ... over 30 countries will be represented ... the race has featured some of the world's best long-distance and hill runners over the past two decades ... as only the second West Virginian to participate in the race, Dalzot will be one of three members on the junior women's team.
This Week in Volleyball: The West Virginia University volleyball team will head to Charleston, W.Va., on Sept. 14-15, for the annual Blue/Green Classic at the Charleston Civic Center ... over the course of the weekend the Mountaineers will face Marshall on Friday, at 7 p.m. … then on Saturday the Mountaineers will take on Akron at 11:30 a.m., and Pepperdine at 5 p.m.
Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers jumped to 7-2 in the 2007 season after going 2-1 in the WVU Classic and finishing in second place overall ... on day one the Mountaineers swept Indiana State 3-0 (30-27, 30-16, 30-12 ) ... day two saw the Mountaineers fall to tournament champions Butler 0-3 (30-28, 30-23, 30-22) ... in the final game of the tournament sophomore Kristina Gallahan led the Mountaineers to a 3-0 win over East Tennessee State ... in games one and two the Mountaineers dominated the court, capturing a 30-21 in game one followed by a 30-25 win in game two ... game three however proved more of a challange as the Mountaineers battled the Buccaneers ... despite a strong comeback effort the Mountaineers fell in game three 30-28 ... refusing to give up the Mountaineers came back in game three to win 30-20 to capture their second place finish.
Notes & Quotes: Senior outside hitter Abby Tevis and sophomore outside hitter Kristinia Gallahan recieved all-tournament honors for their efforts in the Mountaineers' second place finish this past weekend at the WVU Classic ... Tevis recorded her third double-double of the year in the win over East Tennessee posting 19 kills and 17 digs, while Gallahan posted a career high 19 kills ... also posting season high stats in the East Tennessee State game were senior setter Kailee Goold and freshman libero Bonnie West ... Goold also posted a double-double with a season high 52 sets and 19 digs … West recorded a career high 25 digs giving her an impressive 145 on the season.
"We are always pleased to win two out of three. We are going to be constantly trying to get better as a team and we learned some valuable things about our team this past weekend." - head coach Veronica Hammersmith.