West Virginia is coming home after their Texas road trip after earning a loss to Baylor and their first road win of the season over Texas. There is no rest for the weary this week, as the Mountaineers face No. 14 Texas Tech at home on Thursday.
While the Mountaineers have faced several ranked opponents all season, they have yet to get a win in such a contest. With a 4-1 record in their last five games, WVU looks to bring their form home and get their third conference win of 2019.
The youthful Mountaineers have had lots of production from freshmen, most recently with Enzi Broussard notching her first goal of the season against the Longhorns. All three of their top scorers happen to be freshmen and sophomores, which is a good thing during a “re-building year.”
They will be tested against a stout Texas Tech team, which features Big 12 leading scorer Kristen Davis. The junior from St. Louis leads the conference in shots, goals and points, spearheading the Red Raiders’ attack to put them as one of the top teams in the country.
Texas Tech’s current standing has been a long time coming for 12th year head coach Tom Stone, who took the helm in 2007 after a dreary 7-11-2 season. In that span, Stone has turned the Red Raiders into a perennial NCAA Tournament team and now a contender for the Big 12 championship.
The Red Raiders will step onto the field at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, which boasts the sixth-highest average attendance in the country.
“Thursday’s match is huge for us,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “We have the 14th best team in country coming to town, and we know that every point matters at this point in the season.”
West Virginia kicks off against Texas Tech on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
West Virginia Illustrated will be at the stadium providing live updates on social media, as well as highlights and a recap when the final whistle is blown!