Men Face Pitt, Women At Providence

The No. 21 West Virginia University men's soccer team will travel to Pittsburgh to take on Big East foe Pitt. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. at Founders Field.

WVU (6-4, 2-3) fell from No. 13 to No. 19 in the weekly NSCAA/Adidas poll and remained at No. 21 in the weekly Soccer America poll. The Mountaineers went 0-1 last weekend, falling to then-No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 6. Big East foe Connecticut (10-1-0) earned top honors at No. 1 in the NSCAA, followed by Wake Forest (7-0-2) and Notre Dame (7-1-2). No. 4 Virginia (7-1-2) and No. 5 Santa Clara (7-1-2) round out the top five.

The Mountaineers and Panthers have met a total of 42 times in a series that began in 1962. The Mountaineers own a 30-9-3 overall record against Pitt. The two squads last met in 2005 when WVU defeated Pitt 2-0 on the Panther's home field. Last time out, Pitt fell to 1-8-2 on the season and 0-4-1 in league play after dropping a 4-0 decision at then-No. 2/2 Connecticut on Oct. 6. Pitt currently ranks eighth in the Big East Blue Division while WVU is fourth.

Next up, WVU will return home to play host to Georgetown on Oct. 13, for a 7 p.m. kick off. The Hoyas hold an 8-3-0 all-time advantage over the Mountaineers. The match will be the first of three straight home games for WVU, its longest home stint of the season.

WVU women's soccer player Natalie Cocchi, meanwhile, was named to Soccer Buzz's and Soccer America's elite team of the week. Cocchi, an Ocean Township, N.J., native was outstanding last week at center back in two home wins for West Virginia. Cocchi is the second Mountaineer to receive Soccer Buzz team of the week honors this season, joining junior Krystle Kallman (Sept. 11). The Soccer Buzz national honor is the third of Cocchi's career and comes on the heels of being named Big East Defensive Player of the Week.

The senior anchored the back line in two shutouts and scored the game-winner against Louisville on Friday. The goal was her second of the season and 14th of her career. The Ocean Township, N.J., native's goal against the Cardinals was only the sixth allowed on the season by Louisville goalkeeper Joanna Haig.

Joining Cocchi on the national team of the week were goalkeeper Niki Reed (Dayton), defenders Myriam Bouchard (VCU) and Danielle Johnson (Ole Miss), midfielders Michelle Makasini (LSU) and Diane Matheson (Princeton), and forwards Brittany Bock (Notre Dame), Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Katie Larkin (BYU), Sophie Schmidt (Portland) and Katie Schoepfer (Penn State). Cocchi and her teammates remained in the national polls following a perfect 2-0 weekend in Big East action. The Mountaineers earned a No. 21 ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas poll and a No. 22 ranking from Soccer Buzz. West Virginia has been ranked in the Soccer Buzz top 30 for 70 consecutive weeks, dating back to Nov. 9, 2002.

West Virginia's 4-0-1 Big East record is its best start since the 2002 season when WVU also started 4-0-1 in conference play. The Mountaineers return to action on Friday, Oct. 12, at Providence, at 3 p.m.

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