West Virginia women’s soccer fell to No. 14 Texas Tech 1-0 after a late penalty allowed the Red Raiders to break the scoreless tie.
Both teams battled for possession throughout the whole game, with the Red Raiders putting more shots on goal and the Mountaineers earning more corner kicks. Defense prevailed, though, as both teams went into the locker room locked at zero.
The tie was broken in the 71st minute when a penalty was called on the Mountaineers. Texas Tech’s Hannah Anderson took and converted the shot, giving the visitors the lead.
Kayza Massey got her first career start for WVU after Rylee Foster was ruled out due to an injury she took in the Mountaineers’ last game against Texas.
“It’s never easy coming in as a freshman and [against] the No. 14 team in the country at home,” said WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “But I was super proud of Kayza, I thought she stepped it up, and obviously played well enough to get that shutout.”
Massey added a play to her highlight reel in the first half when she made a leaping save to keep the score tied at zero.
She was aided by a strong performance from the WVU defense, who was able to keep Big 12 leading scorer Kirsten Davis off the stat sheet.
“[Davis] is the leading goalscorer in our conference right now, and I thought we kept her quiet,” Izzo-Brown said. “She’s a handful, and I’m really proud of what our back line did.”
This is the second loss for the Mountaineers since beginning Big 12 play, and they fall to 7-5-1 on the season. They return to the pitch next Thursday at home against Oklahoma State.