MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - As usual, the shots came in bunches Thursday night for WVU women’s soccer. This time, four of those shots found the back of the net.
The Mountaineers (3-2-3) recorded their highest single-game goal output of 2018 in a 4-0 victory over Boston University at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. While head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown noted that the Mountaineers’ finishing wasn’t perfect, she noticed an improvement.
“I think you could see that everybody’s been a little more sharp when it comes to finishing, and tonight it finally happened for us and we were able to get four,” said Izzo-Brown.
Sophomore midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel scored a pair of goals for the first time in her collegiate career, while senior Sh’Nia Gordon and freshman Alina Stahl each tallied their first goals of the season.
The Mountaineers took 27 shots, exceeding their shots per game average for the season. Senior Grace Cutler recorded a game-high five shots and was one of nine Mountaineers to put at least one shot on target.
“I think we got unlucky a little bit in the beginning of the season, because we were getting so many shots every game,” said Cutler. “It’s really just focus in front of the net. For me, it’s just that extra bit of focus instead of hitting the post to tuck it into the net.”
The Mountaineer defense also held Boston without a shot, leading the team to its second shutout win of the season.
“That just speaks to our defensive mentality and what we bring collectively, defensively,” said Izzo-Brown. “Obviously, we have great senior leadership, and I was just thrilled with what the back line did.”
The performance marked the first time in over a year that the Mountaineers held an opponent without a shot for an entire match.
WVU returns to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium Sunday for its final non-conference tilt of the regular season. The Mountaineers host Saint Francis at 1 p.m.