The West Virginia women's soccer team went 1-1 in a pair of spring matches on Saturday afternoon at the Buckeye practice field in Columbus, Ohio. The Mountaineers played to a 1-1 tie with Ohio State before defeating Pitt, 2-0.
"I thought we played pretty well for just getting off the bus and playing in some sloppy conditions," said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. "After 10 minutes or so we were able to knock the rust off and settle in nicely."
Forward Kate Schwindel put the Mountaineers up 1-0 in the 37th minute on a ball played over top of the back line. Schwindel took a touch and slotted a ball past the OSU goalkeeper.
The Buckeyes countered a few minutes later on a shot that deflected off a WVU defender and into the goal.
In West Virginia's second match of the afternoon, forward France Silva scored three minutes in to give the Mountaineers an early lead. WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane drove a long ball that was mishandled by a Pitt defender. Silva ran through the poor touch and beat the goalkeeper to put the ball into an empty net.
Schwindel doubled West Virginia's lead to make it a 2-0 final against the Panthers.
The Mountaineer defense recorded its first shutout of the spring, holding the Pitt offense in check for the entire 45 minutes.
"We were focused and moved the ball well against Pitt," said Izzo-Brown. "We came out strong, and it kind of set the tone in posting a shutout victory.
"Keane was very good today in net, and that is what we'll need from her this fall."
The Mountaineers close out the spring season on Saturday, April 28, against Alderson-Broaddus. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.