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Michaela Abam and the Mountaineers defeated Duquesne 3-0 on Sunday. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone) Michaela Abam and the Mountaineers defeated Duquesne 3-0 on Sunday. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)

MORGANTOWN – The No. 6 WVU women’s soccer team started the season against two top-10 opponents and it will face its third this weekend. The Mountaineers are set to host to No. 4 Penn State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

“It’s always a battle. I think Penn State always brings its best. We respect that and understand what this game is going to be,” WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “I don’t think there has ever been an easy game we played against them.”

The Mountaineers bounced back from their first loss of the season and earned a 3-0 victory over Duquesne on Sunday. Hannah Abraham, Carla Portillo and Bianca St. Georges found the back of the net for West Virginia. It out shot Duquesne 27-3, 19 of those shots coming in the second half, and had a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.

“Penn State is always ready to fight. They are a quick team, they have a lot of key players. They go forward a lot, overload the back line a lot, we are going to have to get used to that,” said senior defender Amandine Pierre-Louis. “I’m not expecting anything different from the other Penn state games, we know they are really good. We just need to stay organized and have communication. We are looking for that shut out at home."

Penn State is coming off a 4-2 win against Arkansas on Friday. Marissa Sheva paved the way with two goals, Frannie Crouse and Kaleigh Riehl each added one.

WVU is 6-7-2 all-time against PSU. The last meeting between the two came in August of 2016 at then-No.2 Penn State, the Mountaineers were ranked 5th. The end result was a 1-1 double-overtime draw. The Nittany Lions out shot the Mountaineers 17-14.

“From a coaching stand point, you know what Penn State is going to bring and you wish you had three weeks instead of three days. You build a season up to play a No. 1 team, but I think that the girls are motivated, it is just a matter of all of us clicking at the right time when you get this team this early,” Izzo-Brown said.

PSU has tallied at least three goals in the each of its first three games this season.

WVU kicks against the Nittany Lions on Saturday at 7 p.m. It's Camper Reunion Night, and free admission will be given to those who wear their 2017 WVU women's soccer camp t-shirt. Additionally, NCAA College Cup replica rings will be given to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. It's also a Gold Rush, and fans are encouraged to wear gold in support of the Mountaineers.

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