WVU Varsity Sports Report

Freshman women's soccer player Caralee Keppler has been named West Virginia University's athlete of the week for her outstanding play in WVU's Big East quarterfinal match.

The Rockville Centre, N.Y., native scored her first collegiate goal in the 86th minute to help the Mountaineers stun ninth-ranked Rutgers, 1-0, in Big East tournament play on Sunday, Nov. 1. Keppler, who has seen action in just one match since Sept. 13 because of injuries, came through when called upon, logging 15 minutes at forward yesterday to spark the WVU offense. Keppler's game-winner sends WVU to its eighth Big East Championship semifinal.

Special Notes of the Week

  • The WVU men's soccer team will open Big East Tournament play this Wednesday, Nov. 3, and play host to Rutgers at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.

  • With its 1-0 win at Rutgers on Sunday, the women's soccer team advances to its eighth Big East Championship semifinal and will meet Marquette on Friday, Nov. 6, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.

    This Week in Cross Country

    The No. 4 West Virginia University cross country team is idle this week … the Mountaineers will return to action on Nov. 14, as they compete in the NCAA Regionals in Princess Anne, Md.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers took second place at the Big East Championship on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Wayne E. Dannehl National XC Course in Milwaukee, Wis. … WVU earned the spot for the second-straight year … Villanova took first with 30 points, while WVU followed with 74, Syracuse with 84, Georgetown with 92 and Providence with 108.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior Clara Grandt led the Mountaineers with a fifth-place overall finish, as she crossed the line at 21:20 … seniors Marie-Louise Asselin and Keri Bland followed in seventh (21:26) and 13th (21:46), respectively … juniors Kate Harrison and Kaylyn Christopher also raced well, as Harrison finished 21st (22:00) and Christopher crossed the line in 28th (22:19) … juniors Jessica O'Connell and Maria Dalzot competed and respectively finished in 30th (22:20) and 35th (22:27).

    This Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers are idle this week.

    Last Week in Rifle

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes: The Mountaineers have opened the defense of their 2009 NCAA Championship with a perfect 4-0 record, having recorded wins over Air Force, Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe Nebraska, Ohio State and Akron ... WVU has yet to lose a discipline match this year … WVU returns to the range and opens its 2009-10 home schedule on Nov. 14, when it plays host to GARC opponent Army at the WVU

    This Week in Men's Soccer

    WVU, which earned the Big East Blue Division No. 3 seed, will play host to Red Division No. 6 seed, Rutgers, on Wednesday, Nov. 4 … kickoff in the first round of the Big East Tournament is set for 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … WVU is 2-0-3 in its last five meetings against Rutgers.

    Last Week in Men's Soccer

    The Mountaineers went 1-1-0 in the final week of the regular season … WVU lost to Providence, 1-0, in overtime at home on Oct. 28 … the Mountaineers, however, rebounded with a 2-0 road victory over Seton Hall … freshmen Moeryhan "Peabo" Doue and Abel "Shadow" Sebele both scored in the win over the Pirates … WVU concluded the regular season with a 7-4-6 overall mark, including a 6-3-2 showing in Big East play.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers defeated the Pirates for their fourth road victory of the season … Doue's goal was the second of his career … it was also his second game-winner ... Sebele also recorded his second career score … he now holds the team lead in points (9) … WVU is 2-for-2 on penalty kicks this season … sophomore Nick Claudio earned his first start of the season against the Pirates … he finished with season highs in shots (3) and shots on-goal (2) … redshirt junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson made four saves for his 10th clean sheet of the season at Seton Hall … Johnson owns 30 career shutouts … WVU outshot Seton Hall, 19-8 – a season high in shots for the Mountaineers … WVU also held an 8-6 advantage in corner kicks … seven different Mountaineers recorded at least one shot in the loss to Providence … freshman Travis Pittman led the team with three shots … as a team, WVU outshot Providence, 11-9 … the Mountaineers also won the corner kicks battle, 7-3.

    "Peabo (Doue) had his best game in a Mountaineer jersey. He was dynamic, strong and caused all types of problems for their back line. I'm real pleased with his effort tonight and I hope that he continues that going forward." - coach Marlon LeBlanc following the SHU win

    This Week in Rowing

    The rowing team's fall season is complete.

    Last Week in Rowing

    WVU concluded its fall season on Oct. 31 at the Head of the Occoquan, in Fairfax, Va. ... the Mountaineers' varsity open four team ‘A' boat earned the bronze medal for the second year in row with a time of 19:59.41 … the collegiate 4+ competition team ‘B' boat finished in 12th place (20:56.10) and team ‘C' finished 16th (21:17.01) out of 36 entries.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU took eighth and 15th out of 28 competitors in the varsity open eight event … the novice squad landed three top-15 finishers with two boats in the open eight competition and one entry in the open four race … this was the novice squad's lone competition of the fall season.

    This Week in Women's Soccer

    The Big East Women's Soccer Championship is set for Nov. 6 and 8 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on the campus of Connecticut … the Mountaineers battle Marquette, the American Division top seed, on Friday at 5 p.m., while National Division top seed Notre Dame takes on St. John's in game two at 7:30 p.m. Friday … the semifinals will be televised live on CBS College Sports, with the title game set for noon on Sunday.

    Last Week in Women's Soccer

    Freshman Caralee Keppler netted her first collegiate goal in helping WVU stun ninth-ranked Rutgers, 1-0, Sunday at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. … the win sends WVU to its eighth Big East Championship semifinal, where it will battle 12th-ranked Marquette … the Mountaineers dominated possession throughout the match and their offensive pressure paid off in the 86th minute … forward Blake Miller beat one Rutgers defender and cut another inside the 18-yard box, finding Keppler open on the left side … Keppler took one touch and slotted the ball past All-American goalkeeper Erin Guthrie from six-yards out for the game-winner … WVU finished with an 11-3 shot advantage, including an 8-2 edge in shots on-goal … the Mountaineer defense was outstanding, limiting Rutgers to one shot in the first 54 minutes of the contest … the Scarlet Knights finished with a season-low three shots on the day … the shutout was the seventh in the last eight matches for WVU.

    Notes and Quotes

    Sophomore Morgan Betscher earned her first start of the season at No. 9 Rutgers, becoming the 10th freshman or sophomore to start a match this season for the Mountaineers … Carolyn Blank, the reigning Big East Midfielder of the Year, played in her 89th career match, tying former All-American Amanda Cicchini in the record book for first all-time in career matches played … in the last eight matches, goalkeeper Kerri Butler has allowed only two goals while making 28 saves and recording seven shutouts … WVU has defeated three top 25 opponents this season … West Virginia is now 10-7-4 all-time in Big East tournament matches.

    This Week in Swimming & Diving

    The West Virginia University swimming and diving teams will open the Big East season with home meets at the WVU Natatorium against Cincinnati and Louisville … the Mountaineers will play host to the Bearcats at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and take on the Cardinals on Saturday at 10 a.m.

    Last Week in Swimming & Diving

    Both teams were idle.

    Notes and Quotes

    The Mountaineers travled to both Louisville and Cincinnati this same weekend last season ... both the men's and women's teams lost to the Cardinals, but defeated the Bearcats.

    This Week in Volleyball

    The West Virginia University volleyball team (14-12, 4-7 Big East) returns to home play on Friday, Nov. 6, with a 7 p.m. match against Villanova at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers will then travel to Youngstown, Ohio, for a 2 p.m. match against Youngstown State on Sunday, Nov. 8.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers spilt last weekend on the road with a win over UConn (3-1) on Oct. 30 and a loss to defending Big East Champions St. John's (1-3) on Nov. 1 … the Mountaineers' win on Friday marked the first time they defeated the Huskies since 2003.

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior outside hitter Kristina Gallahan led the Mountaineers with 34 kills over the weekend, including a season-high 18 in the win over the Huskies … Gallahan also had 11 digs and five blocks in the two matches … junior middle blocker Abby Norman and sophomore outside hitter Kylie Armbruster also played well this weekend, as Norman posted 18 kills and a team-high 14 blocks, and Armbruster recorded 17 kills and 24 digs … junior libero Bonnie West led in digs with 43, while sophomore setter Kari Post tallied 79 assists and 23 digs.

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