Varsity Sports Report & Athlete Of The Week

True freshman men's soccer player Paul Paradise has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for his performance in two league road games.

Paradise netted his second game-winning goal against BIG EAST foe Syracuse in double overtime on Sept. 23, to lead WVU to its first conference win. Paradise is tied with senior captain Dan Stratford for the team lead in goals and game-winning goals with two. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native netted his second career goal courtesy of senior Stratford and sophomore Tony Lindroos at the 106:55 mark of the second overtime to secure the 1-0 victory. He ranks second on the squad with five points.

  • This Week in Men's Soccer: WVU will host DePaul on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of a doubleheader with the women's soccer team … game time is set for 7 p.m. while the women will play at 5 p.m. … the Mountaineers will then host USF on Sunday, Oct. 30, for a noon kick off.

  • Last Week in Men's Soccer: The Mountaineers went 1-1 last weekend, its first in conference play … the squad fell to St. John's on Sept. 21, 1-0 after a penalty kick was awarded to the Red Storm with just three minutes remaining in the match … the Mountaineers then traveled north to face Syracuse where freshman Paul Paradise netted his second game-winning goal of the season to secure a 1-0 double overtime victory over the Orange on Sept. 23. … goalkeeper Zach Johnson posted his fifth shutout on the season.

  • Notes & Quotes: WVU is now 5-2 on the season … goalkeeper Zach Johnson recorded his fifth shutout in WVU's double overtime win at Syracuse … the squad is now 2-0 in overtime situations and have won by one goal in every victory thus far this season … senior Dan Stratford and freshman Paul Paradise are tied for most goals and game-winning goals on the team at two a piece. "This was a good win. We certainly created a lot of chances and the win is a good way to rebound off of Friday's disappointing loss." - Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc on the squad's double overtime win at Syracuse.

  • This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers return to action on Sept. 28, at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa.

  • Last Week in Cross Country: WVU was idle last week ... in WVU's last action, the Mountaineers had four top 10 finishers on its way to winning the Lock Haven Invitational on Sept. 15, at the West Branch cross country course in Lock Haven, Pa. … WVU sophomore Clara Grandt won the race with a time of 20:34 while freshman Kaylyn Christopher was third at 21:28 and freshman Kate Harrison was fifth at 21:35.

  • Notes & Quotes: Coach Sean Cleary's top three runners, Marie-Louise Asselin, Keri Bland and Clara Grandt should all compete this weekend for the first time this season.

  • This Week in Women's Soccer: West Virginia returns to action on Friday, Sept. 23, versus St. John's in the first of two games in a doubleheader with the men's soccer team … match time is set for 5 p.m. against the Red Storm … WVU then travels to Syracuse for another BIG EAST match on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m.

  • Last Week in Women's Soccer: Senior Ashley Banks recorded two goals and an assist in leading the 13th-ranked Mountaineers to a 3-1 victory over Pitt Friday evening at Founders Field … Banks' second goal improved her season totals to a team-best six goals and 15 points … the Annandale, Va., native has registered four multi-goal games in her career … Wake Forest scored a pair of second half goals to upset WVU, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … the lone Mountaineer goal came from junior Deana Everrett, her fourth of the season and 26th of her career.

  • Notes & Quotes: Sunday's loss to Wake Forest was just the second defeat in West Virginia's last 23 home games (19-2-2) at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … Ashley Banks has returned to her all-BIG EAST form after missing several games in 2006 with a knee injury … she tallied 15 points all of last season and in WVU's first seven games of 2007, the forward has registered 15 points … West Virginia's 10 shots on goal against Pitt were the second-most in a game this season … opponents committed 29 fouls against WVU in the two weekend games with the Mountaineers committing 16.

  • This Week in Volleyball: The West Virginia University volleyball team will take BIG EAST play on the road this weekend, as it travels to take on Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 29, and to St. John's on Sunday, Sept. 30 ... both games are set for 2 p.m.

  • Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers are now 9-5 on the season after going 1-1 in the first weekend of BIG EAST play ... on Friday, the Mountaineers defeated DePaul in an exciting 3-2 (30-26, 30-26, 26-30,27-30, 15-13) match ... in games one and two the Mountaineers and DePaul saw 21 ties and 10 lead changes as WVU stood strong and captured the wins ... then in game three the momentum changed as DePaul came back fighting to defeat West Virginia ... game four proved to be exciting as the Mountaineers found themselves down 21-29 ... refusing to give up the Mountaineers did their best to come back as senior Kailee Goold sparked the team with a service ace that sent the Mountaineers on a 7-0 run ... the Blue Demons then posted a heartbreaking kill to send the match into five games ... in game five, the Mountaineers refused to lose as they defeated the Blue Demons 15-13 ... on Sunday, the Mountaineers fell to Notre Dame in a hard fought 1-3 (19-30, 30-23, 27-30, 27-30) match.

  • Notes & Quotes: Senior outside hitter Abby Tevis led the Mountaineers this weekend posting double-doubles in both games, capturing 39 kills and 37 total digs ... Tevis also posted a season high 21 digs in the loss to Notre Dame ... also stepping up for the Mountaineers was senior setter Kailee Goold who had 96 assists and 31 digs on the weekend ... freshmen Bonnie West and Abby Norman both had excellent showings in their BIG EAST debut as West posted 47 total digs and averaged 5.22 per game ... Norman came in second on the team in kills with 24.

    "I'm disappointed with our loss to Notre Dame but am pleased with our effort and the fact that we went 1-1 over the weekend. Our win against DePaul was vital to our hopes for success in the conference." - Head Coach Veronica Hammersmith.

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