West Virginia was unable to stop the four game Kentucky win streak on Sunday afternoon, falling at home 4-2 to the Wildcats.
West Virginia got behind early on a turnover by junior defender Jess Crowder, surrendering an unassisted goal just 10 seconds into the game by Kentucky forward Arin Gilliland. A second turnover by Leah Emaus proved costly, as the Mountaineers allowed another goal to push the Kentucky lead to 2-0 with 22:01 to go in the first half. After a couple of turnovers on defense that lead to goals, West Virginia bounced back to shut out the Wildcats for the remainder of the half.
Mountaineer forward Kate Schwindel added her fifth goal of the season to cut the Kentucky lead in half with 5:08 remaining before halftime. The goal by West Virginia ended a busy first 45 minutes of play. Both teams combined for 13 shots, and 4 total on goal.
The Wildcats started the second half by getting a goal from freshman forward Zoe Swift with 40:36 left to play, pushing the lead to 3-1. Arin Gilliland would score her second goal of the day on a penalty shot, making the score 4-1 in favor of Kentucky. Frances Silva added a penalty shot goal with just seconds remaining in the game, and made the final score 4-2.
West Virginia goal keeper Sara Keane had a tough day, allowing four goals to the Wildcats. The four goals given up by Keane tied the most in one game this season. Keane allowed four to No. 1 North Carolina last weekend in the Duke Nike Classic. Despite a bad day, Sara remained optimistic.
"We're going to have bad games," said Keane. "We just have to build off of it. This is a learning experience for us. We'll get back out their Tuesday, watch film and get ready for Friday."
The Mountaineers ended the day with 4 shots on goal, but only found the back of the net twice. Senior forward Frances Silva was held in check for most of the day, but managed to score a goal late. Although she scored, Frances was upset about not getting many opportunities to impact the game.
"The ball was on the other side of the field a lot," said senior forward Frances Silva. "It's frustrating."
Self inflicted wounds costs the Mountaineers throughout the day. Coach Nikki Izzo- Brown says her team played a sloppy game.
"I give credit to Kentucky, they're a good team," said Izzo- Brown. "With that said though, we beat ourselves. We made the same mistake twice in the first half, and it costs us. Unfortunately for us, when you play good teams you can't do that. We have to clean up our game."
West Virginia ends the weekend with a split. The loss drops the Mountaineers to 4-2-2 on the season. West Virginia returns to action next weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium when they host Richmond on Friday at 5 p.m.