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>>

  • Tough Match Halts No. 7 WVU's Run

    Tough Match Halts No. 7 WVU's Run

    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:43 PM EST2017-11-20 01:43:27 GMT
    Grace Cutler and Carla Portillo share a hug after WVU's Sweet 16 loss to Penn St.Grace Cutler and Carla Portillo share a hug after WVU's Sweet 16 loss to Penn St.

    The No. 7-ranked and second-seeded WVU women's soccer team came up short this evening its quest for a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

    The No. 7-ranked and second-seeded WVU women's soccer team came up short this evening its quest for a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

  • No. 7 Mountaineers Move On

    No. 7 Mountaineers Move On

    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:23 AM EST2017-11-18 13:23:09 GMT
    Rylee Foster and Nikki Izzo-Brown celebrate WVU's win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.Rylee Foster and Nikki Izzo-Brown celebrate WVU's win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    The No. 7 West Virginia University women's soccer team is moving on to the Sweet 16.

    The No. 7 West Virginia University women's soccer team is moving on to the Sweet 16.

  • 2018 Baseball Schedule Unveiled

    2018 Baseball Schedule Unveiled

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:31 PM EST2017-11-16 21:31:39 GMT
    The WVU baseball team stands for the national anthem before a 4-2 win over Penn State at PNC Park. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)The WVU baseball team stands for the national anthem before a 4-2 win over Penn State at PNC Park. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

    Highlighted by 23 home games and 21 games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2017, West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2018 baseball schedule.

    Highlighted by 23 home games and 21 games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2017, West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the 2018 baseball schedule.

  • FootballFootballMore>>

  • WVU Football Coach Holgorsen Talks Oklahoma

    WVU Football Coach Holgorsen Talks Oklahoma

    Dana Holgorsen circles the team huddle in the second half of a WVU win at Kansas. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)Dana Holgorsen circles the team huddle in the second half of a WVU win at Kansas. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
    Watch West Virginia Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen address the media regarding the Mountaineers' match-up with Oklahoma.
    Watch West Virginia Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen address the media regarding the Mountaineers' match-up with Oklahoma.
  • WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

  • Sills V Named Biletnikoff Award Finalist

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:54 PM EST2017-11-20 22:54:06 GMT
    David Sills has been named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)David Sills has been named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)

     David Sills V was named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

     David Sills V was named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Best Pokemon Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals of 2017 Revealed by Deal Tomato

    Best Pokemon Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals of 2017 Revealed by Deal Tomato

    Deal Tomato have researched the best Pokemon Black Friday deals available for 2017. Hereâ??s their top choices: 100 Assorted Pokemon Trading Cards on sale â?? Amazon (Prime delivery) Nintendo 3DS â?? Pokemon 20th...
    Deal Tomato have researched the best Pokemon Black Friday deals available for 2017. Hereâ??s their top choices: 100 Assorted Pokemon Trading Cards on sale â?? Amazon (Prime delivery) Nintendo 3DS â?? Pokemon 20th...
  • 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. 

  • Successful Surgery for Grier, Mayfield Not Starting Against WVU

    Monday, November 20 2017 2:55 PM EST2017-11-20 19:55:53 GMT
    Will Grier heads to the locker room after disloacting his finger on Saturday. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)Will Grier heads to the locker room after disloacting his finger on Saturday. (PHOTO: Scott Lituchy)

    Grier will be out 4-6 weeks after a successful surgery on Sunday. It was also announced that Baker Mayfield won't be the starting quarterback on Saturday against WVU as disciplinary action.

    Grier will be out 4-6 weeks after a successful surgery on Sunday. It was also announced that Baker Mayfield won't be the starting quarterback on Saturday against WVU as disciplinary action.

  • UPDATED WITH STATEMENT: Murray Energy to cut off benefits for 1,200 Consol retirees

    UPDATED WITH STATEMENT: Murray Energy to cut off benefits for 1,200 Consol retirees

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-04-30 12:37:04 GMT
    St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy has confirmed it will terminate health benefits of nearly 1,200 Consol Energy retirees who worked in mines Murray purchased one year ago.
    St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy has confirmed it will terminate health benefits of nearly 1,200 Consol Energy retirees who worked in mines Murray purchased one year ago.
  • West, Konate Pace Monday Night's Rout

    West, Konate Pace Monday Night's Rout

    Bob Huggins looks on during the final moments of a win over Baylor in Waco. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)Bob Huggins looks on during the final moments of a win over Baylor in Waco. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

     Lamont West scored 22 points and sophomore center Sagaba Konate contributed a career-high 20 to lead 23rd-ranked West Virginia to a 91-62 victory over Long Beach State here tonight at the WVU Coliseum.  

     Lamont West scored 22 points and sophomore center Sagaba Konate contributed a career-high 20 to lead 23rd-ranked West Virginia to a 91-62 victory over Long Beach State here tonight at the WVU Coliseum.  

  • WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    WVU Football OC Spavital and Players Talk Oklahoma Match-Up

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

    Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital and his Players, as they talk about their game, on the road, against Oklahoma.

  • Report: West Virginia Ranks 10th for Most Violent States on Black Friday

    Report: West Virginia Ranks 10th for Most Violent States on Black Friday

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 7:57 PM EST2017-11-23 00:57:56 GMT
    djLicious / Flickr / CC BY 2.0djLicious / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
    WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - All across the United States, Black Friday gives people a chance to score great deals on Christmas and holiday gifts and capture their dream electronics. But sometimes those rock-bottom savings turn into a dangerous siren song, and people go too far in their quest for a cheap TV or Hatchimals for their kid. The Mountain State has received a high violence ranking when it comes to Black Friday. According to Reviews, West Virginia ranks tenth in the U.S.&nb...
    WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - All across the United States, Black Friday gives people a chance to score great deals on Christmas and holiday gifts and capture their dream electronics. But sometimes those rock-bottom savings turn into a dangerous siren song, and people go too far in their quest for a cheap TV or Hatchimals for their kid. The Mountain State has received a high violence ranking when it comes to Black Friday. According to Reviews, West Virginia ranks tenth in the U.S.&nb...
  • WVi Has Moved!

    WVi Has Moved!

    Friday, September 2 2011 1:45 PM EDT2011-09-02 17:45:05 GMT
    Don't worry, wvillustrated.com is still alive and well. WVi has upgraded to a brand new and improved website. Please check out http://www.wvillustrated.com/ We hope you enjoy the new WVi experience.