Varsity Sports Report & Athlete Of The Week

Sophomore men's soccer player Jason Bristol and senior women's soccer player Ashley Banks have been named West Virginia University's co-athletes of the week.

Bristol scored the game-winning goal in WVU's 1-0 win against then-No. 1 Connecticut on Oct. 19, in Morgantown. It was the Franklin, Tenn., native's first career start and goal. On Oct. 19, Banks registered three goals and one assist in a 5-3 win at Georgetown. The hat trick was the second of her career and ninth in school history. The three-goal and seven-point efforts tie a WVU record for a single game. On Oct. 21, Banks issued the game-winning assist in a 1-0 win at Villanova. Her 30 points and 11 goals are a team high, while her eight assists rank second.

  • This Week in Men's Soccer: WVU will travel to Marquette on Wednesday, Oct. 24, for a mid-week Big East contest … the Mountaineers will then travel to Seton Hall to face the Pirates on Saturday, Oct. 27.

  • Last Week in Men's Soccer: The Mountaineers went 1-1 last weekend as team defeated then-No. 1 Connecticut in front of a home crowd of 1,773 … sophomore Jason Bristol scored his first game-winning goal in his first collegiate start against the Huskies … freshman goalkeeper Zach Johnson earned his eighth shutout against UConn … WVU fell to Navy 1-0 on Oct. 16 on a goal scored by the midshipmen with just five minutes left in the match.

  • Notes & Quotes: WVU is now 3-1 against Top 10 teams it has faced this season … the Mountaineers defeated then-No. 6 Maryland on Sept. 7, and then-No. 5 Duke on Sept. 15, both on the road, before Friday's win over the No. 1 Huskies … the Mountaineers lone loss came against then-No. 3 Notre Dame, 1-0, on Oct. 6 … the win marked the highest ranked team the Mountaineers have defeated in Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium and under Marlon LeBlanc … a crowd of 1,773 rallied the squad to victory, the second largest crowd ever to see a WVU men's soccer team play at home … LeBlanc now holds a record of 24-8-3 record at WVU and is one away from his 25th win.

    "The team played their hearts out tonight. We put pressure on their defense and made their defenders make decisions. All the credit belongs to the team tonight. Tonight they showed everyone what they could do." – head coach Marlon LeBlanc on Friday's victory over No. 1 UConn.

  • This Week in Women's Soccer: West Virginia wraps up regular season play this weekend with a pair of Big East matches … WVU welcomes USF on Friday, Oct. 26, for a 7 p.m. match … Friday's contest has also been designated as "Dollar Day" with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for purchase for just one dollar … West Virginia will play host to Marquette on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.

  • Last Week in Women's Soccer: Senior forward Ashley Banks recorded the ninth hat trick in school history to lead No. 25 West Virginia to a 5-3 comeback win at Georgetown's North Kehoe Field on Friday afternoon … the Hoyas took a 3-1 lead in the match's 59th minute, before WVU rattled off four unanswered goals in the final 16 minutes to seal its 10th win of the season ... Banks' second goal of the match put the Mountaineers up 4-3 with six minutes remaining in the contest … Banks' hat trick is the first since 2006 when teammate Deana Everrett scored three goals against DePaul on Oct. 1, 2006 … the hat trick is also the second of Banks' career, adding to her three-goal effort against Ohio on Aug. 29, 2004 … true freshman Kerri Butler's start in goal was the first of her West Virginia career … senior forward Kim Bonilla netted the game's only goal in the 49th minute to lead No. 25 West Virginia to a 1-0 win over Villanova Sunday afternoon at the West Campus Soccer Complex … Banks set up the game-winner after her shot attempt was denied in a scramble inside the box … Banks sent a brilliant pass through a crease in the middle of Villanova's defense where Bonilla quickly turned from 12-yards out and struck the ball pass Wildcat goalkeeper Jillian Joyden … Butler picked up her first career shutout, making three saves in goal for West Virginia.

  • Notes & Quotes: Banks has scored at least one point in 10 of 16 games this season … Banks' 11 goals and 30 points lead the team (8 assists are good for second-most) … 23 of WVU's 33 goals this season have come in the second half … the Mountaineers are 6-1-1 in their last eight games … on the season, the Mountaineers have out-shot Big East opponents 193-67… Bonilla's goal is the fifth of the season and 22nd of her career … Bonilla's goal was only the 10th allowed by Loyden this season … West Virginia's win gave Villanova its first home loss of the season and the Mountaineers have now won three straight over the Wildcats.

  • This Week in Cross Country: WVU will run at the 2007 Big East Championship on Oct. 27, in Louisville, Ky., at 11 a.m.

  • Last Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers were idle last week after canceling a previously scheduled race at the Golden Flash Invitational in Kent, Ohio, on Oct. 19.

  • Notes & Quotes: WVU took sixth place at the 2006 Big East Championship in Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., with 158 points ... WVU's finish was a huge improvement for the Mountaineers after finishing 12th at the 2005 championship with 336 points ... WVU's top finisher Marie-Louise Asselin who placed 22nd with a time of 21:44.

  • This Week in Volleyball: The West Virginia University volleyball team will travel to Youngstown, Ohio, to face Youngstown State at the Beeghly Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23 ... game time is set for 6 p.m. ... then on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Mountaineers will host league foe Syracuse at the WVU Coliseum in a 2 p.m. match ... the Mountaineers will cap of the weekend on Sunday, Oct 28, as they host Marquette at 2 p.m.

  • Last Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers had a short week, with only one game ... on Friday, Oct. 19, the Mountaineers fell to rival Pitt at the WVU Coliseum ... the Panthers won the match 3-0 (30-22, 30-27, 30-22).

  • Notes & Quotes: Junior middle blocker Tammy Wolf played an exceptional game against Pitt, leading the team in kills with 12, while carrying a .556 hitting percentage … senior setter Kailee Goold showed her senior leadership as she posted 27 assists and 11 digs for her fifth consecutive double-double of the season … freshman Bonnie West also had a strong showing with 19 digs.

  • This Week in Rifle: The rifle team will host GARC powerhouses Ole Miss and Navy this weekend at the Mountaineer rifle range.

  • Last Week in Rifle: The WVU rifle team hosted the squad's alumni today at the WVU rifle range … the Alumni defeated the current Mountaineer squad with a score of 1,168 … the freshmen came in second place with a score of 1,165 followed by the upperclassmen who shot 1,163 … Alumnus Dale Cox led the Alumni with a score of 397 … Kyle Smith shot a 392 to lead the WVU freshmen and Doug McCallister and Bryant Wallizer both shot a score of 388 to lead the upperclassman campaign … the match was a 40-shot format in the standing position with either the air rifle or the use of the smallbore.

  • This Week in Swimming & Diving: The West Virginia University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will take the weekend off as they prepare to host Cincinnati in the first Big East home match of the season … meet time is set for 6 p.m.

  • Last Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers went 1-1 this past week, falling to Penn State and defeating Georgetown … on Thursday, Oct. 18, both the men's and women's teams fell to the Nittany Lions … the men lost 194-106 while the women fell 227-73 … then on Saturday, Oct. 20, the Mountaineers came back to defeat Georgetown … the men won 143-88, while the women won 160-81.

  • Notes & Quotes: The Mountaineers took 22 out of 26 events at Georgetown this past weekend to improve their record to 4-1 on the season … the women's and men's 200 yard medley relay teams both set pool record times in the meet … the women posted a time of 1:47.89, breaking the past record of 1:50.14, while the men stopped the clock at 1:35.33 … two other pool record times were set by sophomore Justin Galbreath and senior Tina Grabrillo … Galbreath won the men's 1650 freestyle in 16:14.58 beating the previous record of 16:20.62 …Garabrillo took first in the women's 400 IM with a time of 4:34.85, smashing the old record by over two seconds.

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