Despite heavy rain and chilly temperatures, the No. 19 West Virginia women's soccer team scored a pair of second-half goals to defeat visiting Oklahoma, 2-0, Thursday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
With no score after 45 minutes, the Mountaineer offense pressured the Sooners from the opening whistle of the second half. WVU outshot Oklahoma 12-2 in the period, scoring on goals from midfielder Amanda Hill and forward Kate Schwindel.
West Virginia extended its unbeaten streak to 12 matches; its last loss coming on Aug. 31 to then No. 6 Penn State in double overtime.
Goalkeeper Sara Keane was very good in net, finishing with four saves in picking up her seventh clean sheet of the season.
The Mountaineer defense eliminated several scoring tries, allowing only five shots on the night. OU entered the contest having been held scoreless only four times this season.
Hill notched her second career goal in the 73rd minute on a shot that ricocheted off the gloves of goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire. Forward Frances Silva created WVU's seventh corner kick of the match, where defender Bry McCarthy drove the ensuing kick toward the top of the box. Forward Kailey Utley struck a ball at Devonshire who knocked the ball back into play, landing at the foot of Hill. Hill's one-timer was sent hard past Devonshire for the game-winner.
Eight minutes later, Schwindel recorded her ninth goal of the season at the 80:34 mark. The sophomore settled a clearance in the right-center of the field, taking a few touches into the middle before catching Devonshire off her line. Schwindel blasted a bending ball from 26 yards out that tucked under the left corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
Schwindel took a game-best six shots as WVU outshot OU 22-5 on the night. OU was paced by forward Renae Cuellar's three attempts.
WVU improves to 6-0-1 in Big 12 Conference play, 10-3-4 overall. With three points earned tonight, the Mountaineers can be seeded no lower than No. 1 or 2 in the upcoming Big 12 Soccer Championship.
The loss moves Oklahoma to 2-3-2 in league play, 6-8-4 overall.
The Mountaineers close out the regular season with a road trip to Texas, the Big 12's second-place team, on Friday, Oct. 26.