Sept. 12, 2010
Coral Gables, Fla. - Perennial NCAA Tournament qualifier West Virginia University scored three times in the second half to pull away from the Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team for a 4-0 victory on Sunday in the Hurricane Cup at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Owls, now 0-6, may have played their best first half of the season against a quality opponent from the Big East Conference, trailing 1-0 at halftime after having two excellent scoring opportunities.
West Virginia, which improved to 3-3 on the season, grabbed the lead with a goal in the 24th minute on a header by Drea Barklage following a right corner kick from Bri Rodriguez.
FAU responded with a golden opportunity to tie the match on the ensuing possession. Freshman forward Jesse Shugg found herself with the ball in front of the WVU net following a pass from freshman forward Marisa Russo. However, Shugg’s shot missed from connecting.
Later in the opening half, a header from senior midfielder Anhnhi Tran just missed over the crossbar following another set up pass from Russo in the 33rd minute. This scoring opportunity came after a corner kick from sophomore defender Tamara Kesser.
The Mountaineers dominated the second half, taking a 2-0 advantage in the 51st minute on a goal by Blake Miller into the upper right corner of the goal from a shot inside the 18-yard box. West Virginia added to its lead in the 66th minute when Mallory Smith finished in a scrum in front of the FAU net. Then, Megan Lewis found the back of the net in the 76th minute following a series of crisp passes from Smith and Morgan Betscher.
Shugg also had an excellent scoring chance in the 74th minute following a header after a free kick by Kesser that was turned away by West Virginia goalkeeper Kerri Butler.
FAU was led offensively by Shugg with two shots. Having one shot apiece were Tran, senior midfielder Laura Hyvonen, sophomore defender Emily Kelly, sophomore defender Breanna Lewis, freshman forward Marisa Russo and sophomore midfielder Jamie Greany. The Owls had eight shots for the match, but only one was on the WVU goal.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Courtney Zwetsch made two saves in receiving the start in goal for Florida Atlantic.
The Owls will return to the pitch on Sunday, September 19 when they close out the non-conference season against Fordham University. Kickoff is set for noon at the FAU Soccer Stadium. Live statistics can be seen at www.fausports.com.