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No. 1 WVU Takes Down No. 5 Georgetown in Opener

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Sophomore goalkeeper Rylee Foster had seven saves as No. 1 WVU knocked off No. 5 Georgetown on the road. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Sophomore goalkeeper Rylee Foster had seven saves as No. 1 WVU knocked off No. 5 Georgetown on the road. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
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The No. 1 team in the country lived up to its ranking Friday afternoon as the WVU women’s soccer team knocked off No. 5 Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

Senior forward Michaela Abam scored the game’s only goal in the 11th minute and sophomore goalkeeper Rylee Foster came away with seven saves to keep a clean sheet on the way to a 1-0 victory over the Hoyas.

“Georgetown is a team that beat us last year, we know they’re even tougher at home,” head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said earlier this week. “We’re definitely going to see where we line up early on.”

So far, so good for Izzo-Brown and the Mountaineers. Friday’s result was a bit of revenge after the Hoyas handed WVU its only regular season loss a year ago.

After reaching the national championship game in 2016, the most difficult task facing the head coach may have been to somehow refocus her group to put in all of the same work and then some to make it one step further in 2017.

“I’m fortunate I can kind of walk behind our leadership group,” Izzo-Brown said. “They’re really motivated and focused on getting back to that Final Four. They’re feeling like they didn’t finish what they wanted to last year and they’re very motivated to get back and everything is about getting back to that final.”

The Mountaineers return nine starters this season, but will be without Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence for a full season for the first time since the two Canadian National Team members joined West Virginia four years ago. Despite those major losses in the lineup, WVU was picked No. 1 in the preseason poll for the first time in program history.

Izzo-Brown has been telling her team that “pressure is a privilege,” and at least through one game, they seem to be buying in.

“I think everybody looks at pressure sometimes as a negative and I think when you’re in that situation, you need to kind of refocus on more of a positive thing that you’ve accomplished something,” Izzo-Brown said. “That’s a huge privilege. Let’s deal with it as a privilege. Nothing negative about it.”

The Mountaineers return home to host No. 11 Virginia on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

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