Women's Soccer Team Enjoys WVU's First Big 12 Title - WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News - Mountaineer Sports

Women's Soccer Team Enjoys WVU's First Big 12 Title

Posted:
MORGANTOWN -

The West Virginia University women's soccer team entered the season with many question marks related to the team. It was an inexperienced group that was unproven.

Four games into the season WVU pulled off a major accomplishment shutting out No. 1 Stanford. The Mountaineers then faced four straight double overtime games losing one and tying the other three. This inexperienced group suddenly had faced a lot of adversity and managed to withstand it.

West Virginia has not lost a game since August 31. The Mountaineers roared through the Big 12 unbeaten and clinched the Big 12 regular season title last week.

"To be the first team on campus here to win that was just awesome," Goalkeeper Sara Keane said. "It is really exciting for us and really exciting for the program."

"It was pretty exciting for us," Forward Frances Silva said. "Especially to be the first team at WVU to win a Big 12 championship says a lot about our team and what we are going to be able to accomplish."

The team clinched its regular season title away from the pitch. It was a result from another game that locked up the conference championship. The team found out in different ways.

"Most of the team was at the movies when we found out that it happened," Silva laughed. "We kind of went a little crazy for everyone's liking."

"I was actually with my parents at the time," Forward Kate Schwindel said. "We have this group text and this whole time we were all following it and freaking out about it. At dinner, I couldn't put my phone down and got yelled at for it. Once we found out we blew up everyone's phones and were just so excited."

WVU appears to have all the ingredients required to make a postseason run. It starts with a solid goalkeeper in Sara Keane. WVU has held every one of its 17 opponents to two goals or less.

"Sara has been huge for us," Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. "She is making the saves she is supposed to make and then coming up with that big one to keep us in the game. Keane knows that we need her to keep doing her job."

"Sara is amazing," Silva said of Keane. "She does such a great job for us back there. She makes big saves, not just the ones she has to make, but the extra ones. She is very calm and controlled back there and keeps our team in the games."

Keane has the advantage of knowing her offense can pick her up at any time. WVU has outscored its opponents 32-16 this season. That helps to take some of the pressure off of Keane throughout the course of any game.

"I have always made mistakes and I am going to make mistakes in the future," Keane said. "It's nice to know that if I do make one that our offensive line or midfield can cover up for me."

"Versatility is big for us," Silva said. "We have had people in every position score goals. I think every starter except for one has scored a goal. That definitely makes us tougher to defend."

WVU is ranked No. 19 in the Soccer America poll. The Mountaineers will look to improve on that in the upcoming Big 12 tournament. In fact, WVU is leaving Morgantown Thursday for its game against Texas in Austin. The Mountaineers will make the 90 minute drive from Austin to San Antonio after that game where the Big 12 tournament will be played and remain in Texas for potentially a total of 11 days.

West Virginia will meet Texas Friday night in Austin. The game will be televised by the Longhorn Network at 8:30 pm.

The goal is to continue to win and improve their NCAA tournament seed to include possibly a few home games in their quest for a National Title.

  • More SportsMore>>

  • Izzo-Brown Inducted into WVSA Hall of Fame

    Izzo-Brown Inducted into WVSA Hall of Fame

    Monday, September 18 2017 1:34 PM EDT2017-09-18 17:34:43 GMT
    WVSA announces induction of WVU women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown as meritorious member into WVSA Hall of Fame - Class of 2018. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)WVSA announces induction of WVU women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown as meritorious member into WVSA Hall of Fame - Class of 2018. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

    The West Virginia Soccer Association has announced the induction of WVU women's soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, as a meritorious member into the WVSA Hall of Fame - Class of 2018.

    The West Virginia Soccer Association has announced the induction of WVU women's soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, as a meritorious member into the WVSA Hall of Fame - Class of 2018.

  • Inside WVU Game Day: The Mountaineer Mascot

    Inside WVU Game Day: The Mountaineer Mascot

    Sunday, September 17 2017 10:32 AM EDT2017-09-17 14:32:13 GMT
    The Mountaineer Mascot celebrates a WVU touchdown at FedEx Field.The Mountaineer Mascot celebrates a WVU touchdown at FedEx Field.

    The atmosphere at Milan Puskar Stadium on game day is truly unlike any other and the Mountaineer mascot plays a big part in making the experience one of a kind.

    The atmosphere at Milan Puskar Stadium on game day is truly unlike any other and the Mountaineer mascot plays a big part in making the experience one of a kind.

  • No. 3 Mountaineers Swarm Spiders

    No. 3 Mountaineers Swarm Spiders

    Sunday, September 10 2017 5:18 PM EDT2017-09-10 21:18:38 GMT
    Michaela Abam and the WVU women's soccer team earned a 3-0 victory over Richmond on Sunday. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)Michaela Abam and the WVU women's soccer team earned a 3-0 victory over Richmond on Sunday. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)

    The No. 3-ranked WVU women’s soccer team earned its fifth win of the season on Sunday. Hear from Coach Izzo-Brown and the Mountaineers after the win.

    The No. 3-ranked WVU women’s soccer team earned its fifth win of the season on Sunday. Hear from Coach Izzo-Brown and the Mountaineers after the win.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Game Recap: WVU Survives in Lawrence

    Game Recap: WVU Survives in Lawrence

    Heading into Saturday’s game between West Virginia (3-1) and Kansas (1-3) a lot of the talk surrounded the two quarterbacks, Will Grier and Peyton Bender. One of the best rushing performances in Kansas football history kept the Jayhawks within striking distance, but WVU proved to be too much, holding on 56-34. 

    Heading into Saturday’s game between West Virginia (3-1) and Kansas (1-3) a lot of the talk surrounded the two quarterbacks, Will Grier and Peyton Bender. One of the best rushing performances in Kansas football history kept the Jayhawks within striking distance, but WVU proved to be too much, holding on 56-34. 

  • WATCH: WVU Assistants, Players Talk Win Over Kansas

    WATCH: WVU Assistants, Players Talk Win Over Kansas

    Watch full postgame coverage of West Virginia Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and his players as they spoke with the media following their win, on the road, at Kansas.

    Watch full postgame coverage of West Virginia Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and his players as they spoke with the media following their win, on the road, at Kansas.

  • WATCH: WVU Coach Holgorsen Postgame Presser

    WATCH: WVU Coach Holgorsen Postgame Presser

    Watch full video of West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen as he addresses the media following the Mountaineers' win over Kansas. 
    Watch full video of West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen as he addresses the media following the Mountaineers' win over Kansas. 
  • PHOTOS: WVU Gets Win at Kansas

    PHOTOS: WVU Gets Win at Kansas

    Browse photos taken by WVi Photographer, Geoff Coyle, of the Mountaineers' win, on the road, over Kansas. 
    Browse photos taken by WVi Photographer, Geoff Coyle, of the Mountaineers' win, on the road, over Kansas. 
  • WVU Defense Builds Depth Through Injury

    WVU Defense Builds Depth Through Injury

    WVU senior linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton celebrates a sack against Delaware State. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)WVU senior linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton celebrates a sack against Delaware State. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)

    Dylan Tonkery, Marvin Gross and Kenny Robinson step up for the Mountaineer defense as team deals with injuries and open competition. 

    Dylan Tonkery, Marvin Gross and Kenny Robinson step up for the Mountaineer defense as team deals with injuries and open competition. 

  • 2017-18 WVU Men’s Basketball Schedule

    2017-18 WVU Men’s Basketball Schedule

    Bob Huggins looks on as the Mountaineers practice at the SAP Center in San Jose. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)Bob Huggins looks on as the Mountaineers practice at the SAP Center in San Jose. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 31, 2017) – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have announced the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule. 

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 31, 2017) – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have announced the 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule. 

  • Dana Holgorsen's Postgame News Conference LIVE on WVi

    Dana Holgorsen's Postgame News Conference LIVE on WVi

    WVi will be streaming Dana Holgorsen's Postgame News Conferences LIVE following each home game throughout the season. It all begins with the opener against Marshall.
  • Woman's Body Found in Kanawha River Idenitified

    Woman's Body Found in Kanawha River Idenitified

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:33:57 GMT
    Photojournalist Randy McKinneyPhotojournalist Randy McKinney

    KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A body has been found in the Kanawha River. The body was discovered around 11:10 a.m. near Dow Chemical on Blaine Island near South Charleston according to dispatchers. South Charleston Police are currently investigating the incident. No other details are available at this time. We will provide more information on this story as soon as we receive it.

    KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A body has been found in the Kanawha River. The body was discovered around 11:10 a.m. near Dow Chemical on Blaine Island near South Charleston according to dispatchers. South Charleston Police are currently investigating the incident. No other details are available at this time. We will provide more information on this story as soon as we receive it.