WVU defeated then-No. 6 Maryland 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 7, and most recently downed Duquesne in the squad's home opener on Monday, 1-0. The Mountaineers now hold a 3-1-0 record. Senior Dan Stratford netted both game-winning goals and goalkeeper Zach Johnson has recorded three straight shutouts; just one shy of tying the WVU single-season record. Both Stratford and Johnson were honored by the BIG EAST for their efforts when Stratford was named to the weekly honor roll and Johnson was named rookie of the week.
The Mountaineers, who jumped from No. 21 to No. 15 in the weekly Soccer America poll released yesterday, are now in the Top 15 in both major weekly polls. WVU also has been ranked No. 9 by SoccerTimes.com and No. 15 by College Soccer News, both released on Sept. 10. Next up, WVU will travel to Durham, N.C., to take on No. 5 Duke (3-1) on Saturday, Sept. 15. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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The West Virginia University women's soccer team moved its way up the national polls following a pair of wins at home over the weekend. The Mountaineers earned a No. 14 ranking from Soccer Buzz, No. 18 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll and No. 19 from Soccer America. WVU has now been ranked in at least one of the three major polls for 55 of the last 57 polling weeks.
WVU sophomore Mallory Beck earned BIG EAST goalkeeper of the week honors for her efforts in the Mountaineers 3-1 win over Rhode Island and a 1-0 win against No. 15 Penn State. West Virginia will face its third ranked opponent in as many weekends this Friday with a match against third-ranked Texas A&M. The Mountaineers and Aggies will play in State College, Pa., on Friday, at 5 p.m.
Also, Krystle Kallman was named to Soccer Buzz's elite team of the week on Tuesday. Kallman, a Woodbury, Minn., native was outstanding last week at center back in two home wins for West Virginia. On Friday, Kallman and the defense limited Rhode Island to eight shots for the game. On Sunday, the junior defender shut-down all-Big Ten forward Aubrey Aden-Buie of Penn State. The Mountaineers held PSU to just two shots on goal in a 1-0 shutout. She is the first Mountaineer to receive Soccer Buzz team of the week honors since defender Natalie Cocchi and forward Deana Everrett garnered accolades on Sept. 12 of last season.