Varsity Sports Report

Junior women's soccer player Megan Mischler has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her play over the weekend.

Mischler, a Moon Township, Pa., native scored goals in a pair of conference matches against No. 8 Notre Dame and DePaul. The speedy forward battled the flu all week and recorded four shots in 86 minutes against the Fighting Irish.

Two days later, Mischler played all 90 minutes in netting the game-winner, her team-leading fourth goal of the season, on a rare header in the second half against DePaul.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The women's soccer team will play its final two regular season games at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this weekend, as it plays host to Syracuse on Friday at 5 p.m., and 11th-ranked St. John's on Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday's game, the first of a double-header with the men's team presented by, will be a "Dollar Night" for both squads, while Sunday's contest will serve as both "Senior Day" and "Pink Day" to promote breast cancer awareness.

  • The No. 25 men's soccer game against No. 13 Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 9, will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The No. 4 West Virginia University cross country team is idle this weekend … the Mountaineers are set to return to action on Oct. 16, with a trip to the Penn State National Invitational in College Park, Pa.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers won their second-straight race, as they took first place at the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 2, on the campus of Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. … in one of the most prestigious events in the country, the Mountaineers took the top spot out of 75 teams, with 105 team points ... Guelph finished in second (127), followed by Indiana (143), North Carolina State (153) and Cornell (183).

    Notes And Quotes

    Junior Jessica O'Connell led the Mountaineers, finishing in 10th place with a time of 20:24 … redshirt freshman Sarah-Anne Brault followed in 13th (20:35), while juniors Kate Harrison and Kaylyn Christopher finished 20th (20:56) and 21st (20:56), respectively … also racing well was redshirt junior Maria Dalzot, who finished in 60th with a time of 21:37, and redshirt sophomore Stephanie Caruso, who crossed the line in 74th (21:44) … in last week's national poll, announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA), the Mountaineers remained at the No. 4 spot behind Washington at the No.1 spot, followed by Oregon and Florida State, while Villanova once again rounded out the top 5.

    This Week in Rifle

    The reigning NCAA champion WVU rifle team opens its 2009-10 campaign Oct. 10-11, in Lincoln, Neb. … the Mountaineers face Air Force on Saturday, and Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe, the host Cornhuskers, on Sunday … both matches are expected to go all day.

    Last Season in Rifle

    The Mountaineers (11-1, 5-1 GARC) return to the range after winning the 2009 NCAA championship last season … the team also took home the air rifle title … the championship win, the program's nation-best 14th, was the result of an amazing tournament turnaround, in which the Mountaineers went from sixth place after smallbore to national champions … WVU only lost to conference foe Kentucky last year, falling 4649-4639, in Lexington, and finishing second to the Wildcats at the GARC Championship … fourth-year coach Jon Hammond was named the 2009 College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Coach of the Year … seven Mountaineers earned 10 National Rifle Association (NRA) All-America honors

    Notes And Quotes

    All seven 2009 NRA All-Americans return this season, including air rifle first team honorees, redshirt senior Bryant Wallizer and junior Andy Lamson, and smallbore first team members, juniors Kyle Smith and Brandi Eskew … junior Nicco Campriani is the lone Mountaineer newcomer … the Florence, Italy, native has six years experience on the Italian National Team and finished 12th in air rifle at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games … in addition to Hammond's CRCA award and the 10 All-America honors, the Mountaineers earned 17 GARC honors … Lamson also was named to the ESPN The Magazine Scholastic All-America third team … Wallizer returns after winning the 2009 air rifle title at the USA Shooting National Championships … WVU's meeting with Air Force will be its 16th overall, and first since 1974 … the Mountaineers have never lost to Air Force … WVU evened the series with Nebraska to 3-3 last season with a 4650-4622 win ... the Mountaineers will face the Cornhuskers again on Feb. 13 in an NCAA qualifying match at the WVU Rifle Range.

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    The No. 25 Mountaineers will play two league contests this week … WVU travels to Pitt on Tuesday, Oct. 6 … kickoff at Founders Field is set for 7 p.m. … the squad's biggest challenge comes at home on Friday, Oct. 9, against No. 13 Connecticut … the 8 p.m. match at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    WVU recorded its fourth-consecutive victory, as it posted a 1-0 win at Marquette on Oct. 3 … the squad improved to 5-2-2 overall and 4-1-0 in the Big East … WVU is tied with UConn atop the Big East Blue Division … both teams have identical records and 12 points apiece … senior Jason Bristol notched the lone goal of the game in the 74th minute on a scramble in the box … WVU received strong play from redshirt junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson, who made five saves en route to his fifth shutout of the season.

    Notes And Quotes

    WVU's Soccer America ranking is its first since the final 2007 poll, when the team was ranked No. 13 … the score was the fourth of Bristol's career, first since his sophomore season in 2007 … freshman Abel "Shadow" Sebele recorded a game high four shots, with one on-goal … including Sebele, six Mountaineers played all 90 minutes in the victory … Johnson's shutout was the 26th of his career … he owns a 0.62 goals-against average – third-best among league goalkeepers who have played at least 500 minutes this season … the Mountaineers held the advantage over the Golden Eagles in shots (12-9) and corner kicks (5-3) … junior Dan Hagey made his first appearance this season … he missed WVU's first eight games after being injured on Aug. 23 against Michigan.

    "The second half, Marquette came out very physical. Gift (Maworere) had to come off after a nasty challenge that a kid received a yellow card for. I thought that kind of spurred us after that foul. The guys picked it up with Gift out and really started to put a charge back into the game." - coach Marlon LeBlanc

    This Week in Rowing

    The Mountaineers will compete in the Head of the Mon on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Morgantown.

    Last Week in Rowing

    WVU finished its first competition of the year at the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa., earning two top six finishes against 14 boats in the open eight competition … other scheduled races were canceled due to inclement weather.

    Notes And Quotes

    The team ‘A' boat of Stephanie Roof, Jenelle Spencer, Brett Krumholz, Rachel Viglianco, Shannon Gribbons, Kaitlyn Brownson, Caroline Rettig, Kimberly Benda and coxswain, Amanda Mahasky, finished in third place with a time of 15:35, winning the bronze medal … the team ‘B' boat had a time of 16:02, landing in sixth place. "I'm pleased that we were able to boat two crews that raced within 30 seconds of one another and placed in the top half of the field. Their results are indicative of the depth that we're working to build-up within our program." - coach Jimmy King

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU returns to action with its final homestand of the regular season Oct. 9-11 … the team plays host to Syracuse Friday at 5 p.m., as part of a Mountaineer soccer doubleheader presented by … both men's and women's matches are "Dollar Night" … on "Senior Day," WVU plays host to 11th-ranked St. John's on Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    WVU held a second half lead before falling in overtime to eighth-ranked Notre Dame, 3-2, in front of 1,382 fans at home on Oct. 2 … Blake Miller came off the bench to score the go-ahead goal in the 49th minute on a long shot from 26 yards out … ND tied the contest at 2-2 in the 65th minute on a goal from Haley Ford before Taylor Knack scored the golden goal after a scramble in the box less than a minute into overtime … WVU was led by Megan Mischler's four shots, including a goal in the 39th minute, with assists from Chelsey Corroto and Carolyn Blank … the match was televised nationally on ESPNU … WVU used a strong second half, powered by goals from Mischler and Blank, to secure a 2-0 win over visiting DePaul on Oct. 4 … WVU lit the scoreboard first at the 53:13 mark on Mischler's team leading fourth goal of the season with an assist from Bri Rodriguez … WVU's offense continued to pressure the DPU back line, attempting 12 second half shots … the relentless effort paid off with a second goal in the 72nd minute on a brilliant finish from Blank off a corner kick … goalkeeper Kerri Butler worked all 90 minutes between the posts, making three saves to pick up her fifth shutout of the season.

    Notes And Quotes

    WVU played its sixth overtime match of the season against ND … WVU has scored at least one goal in nine of 13 matches this season, including six-straight … Corroto made her first career starts over the weekend, starting at forward … the four goals over the weekend tie for the most in a weekend this season … coach Nikki Izzo-Brown stands just three wins shy of 200 for her career after compiling a 14.5-year record of 197-79-29.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams are off until Oct. 17, when the women take on Marshall at noon in the WVU Natatorium.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    The Mountaineers swam in the annual Gold-Blue meet on Saturday, Oct. 3, where the Gold team edged the Blue team ... the squad also had an alumni dinner on Friday night, where former football coach Don Nehlen was the guest speaker.

    Notes And Quotes

    "With the WVU Swimming & Diving Celebration kicking off the weekend, it was a special time for our program. We were able to recognize the previous season's accomplishments at the banquet and get an opportunity to see the new team in its first meet." - coach Vic Riggs

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (11-8, 1-3) is set to continue Big East action with a 7 p.m. match at USF on Friday, Oct. 9, and a 2 p.m. match at Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 11.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers went 0-2 last weekend with losses at Louisville and Cincinnati … the Cardinals defeated the Mountaineers in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-16) match, while the Bearcats also won 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-19).

    Notes And Quotes

    Despite the loss to the Bearcats, the Mountaineers put up a tough defensive showing as they posted double-digit blocks for the fourth time this season, with 10.5 total … WVU posted a season high 17 blocks on Sept. 18, against Wright State … sophomore outside hitter Kylie Armbruster led the team with 13 kills over the weekend … junior libero Bonnie West and freshman defensive specialist Stephanie Mock led in digs with 15 each.

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