Women Finish Seventh In Poll

The West Virginia University women's soccer team ends the season ranked seventh in the nation in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas poll released today.

The Mountaineers advanced to their first NCAA Elite Eight this season and tied the school record for wins with 18 (18-5-2). An unofficial crowd of 3,000 set a new Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium record in WVU's quarterfinal match with eventual national champion USC, the largest crowd for any soccer event at West Virginia.

West Virginia repeated as American Division Big East Champions during the regular season, giving coach Nikki Izzo-Brown's teams a third regular season title. WVU made its third postseason BIG EAST Championships finals appearance and won its first Big East tournament crown this season. Seven WVU opponents were ranked in the final top 25 poll: USC (No. 1), Notre Dame (No. 4), Virginia (No. 8), Connecticut (No. 9), Penn State (No. 12), Texas A&M (No. 13) and Wake Forest (No. 20). WVU's ranking of seventh is the highest to end a season in the NSCAA/Adidas poll in program history.

Also men's soccer seniors Andy Wright and Dan Stratford were named to the 2007 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Men's Division I all-Northeast Region Team today. Wright was named to the region's first team after a stellar season on the field. The midfielder closed his senior campaign with six goals, six assists and 18 points. Wright earned Big East Midfielder of the Year honors at the end of the regular season. Stratford received third team regional honors after he closed his senior campaign with 27 career assists to set a new school record in that category. He led the Mountaineers with six goals and eight assists while playing in all 22 matches. This is Stratford's second honor of the year as he also took home all-Big East second team honors.

"I'm very happy for Andy being selected to the first team. It is a very deserving honor for him and he has a great future at the next level," head coach Marlon LeBlanc said. "It's nice to see Dan receive some recognition for all he has done for West Virginia soccer and I'm glad to see our opposing coaches recognize their contributions."

WVU closed the 2007 season with a record of 14-6-2, advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history. WVU earned a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament, received a first round bye for the second consecutive year. The Mountaineers finished the regular season in third place in the Big East Blue Division, with a conference record of 7-3-1.

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