Krystle Kallman and Carolyn Blank have been recognized for their outstanding play. Kallman was named Big East defensive player of the week. The Woodbury, Minn., native Kallman led the WVU defense in holding the Bulls to zero shots on the night, the third time in school history and first time ever against a conference team. The shutout was the eighth of season for the Mountaineer defense. The junior defender held Marquette's top two scorers to zero goals and two shot attempts. Overall, Marquette recorded 10 shots against the Mountaineers, seven below its season average.
The weekly conference honor is the sixth of the season for WVU. TopDrawer Soccer recognized Blank as one of 11 members on its Women's College Team of the Week. Blank, a 2006 Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American, dominated the midfield and was brilliant in the air, winning nearly ever head ball. The Toms River, N.J., native also found the net against Marquette, tying the match at 1-1 in the 57th minute. Defensively, the sophomore helped the Mountaineer defense post a shutout against USF.
The victories leave WVU (13-4-1, 9-1-1) with a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. The field has been set, and the playoff will begin on Nov. 1 with a pair of first round matches. American Division No. 5 seed USF will travel to No. 4 seed Villanova for a 3:00 p.m. matchup, while National Division No. 5 seed Rutgers will travel to American Division No. 4 seed St. John's for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.
The USF/Villanova winner will advance to the Quarterfinals and take on American Division No. 1 seed West Virginia on Nov. 4. That match will take place in Morgantown, W.Va. at 1:00 p.m. The Rutgers/St. John's winner will advance to take on National Division No. 1 seed Notre Dame on Nov. 4 as well. That match will take place in Notre Dame, Ind. at 1:00 p.m. Other quarterfinal action on Nov. 4 has National Division No. 3 seed Georgetown at American Division No. 2 seed Connecticut at 1:00 p.m. American Division No. 3 seed Marquette will travel to National Division No. 2 seed Louisville for a 1:00 p.m. start.
West Virginia's Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium will serve as host for the semifinals (Nov. 9), as well as the championship game (Nov. 11). The final three matches of the championship will be televised live on CSTV.
"I'm just so proud of what the young ladies accomplished and the momentum we are going into postseason with," head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. "What can I say? As a coach I have never had a team that has won back-to-back Big East championships so I'm just so proud that I was able to coach a team of this caliber."
On the men's side, West Virginia tied Marquette 0-0 and beat Seton Hall 3-0. Senior Andrew Halsell was named BIG EAST Defender of the Week, Halsell led a defense that shutout both Marquette and Seton Hall, limiting both opponents to a total of just six shots and six corner kicks. Marquette was held to three shots and zero shots on goal. In a 3-0 victory over Seton Hall, the senior defender helped limit SHU to three shots and one shot on goal.
The honor marks the sixth time this season that a Mountaineer has been chosen Player of the Week, and the second consecutive week the WVU defense was honored. Last week, Jason Bristol was named Defender of the Week. West Virginia has two regular season games remaining before the Big East Tournament.