After registering her first career game-winning goal for the No. 11-ranked women’s soccer team, senior forward Jade Gentile has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Gentile connected on a shot from the right side of the box to help Mountaineers down Duquesne, 2-0, on Friday, Aug. 23, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. The goal was the second career score for Gentile.
The Mountaineer defense was solid against the Dukes, holding Duquesne without a shot in the match, marking the first time WVU has denied an opponent a shot since it held Saint Francis (Pa.) to zero shots on Sept. 16, 2018.
WVU wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 Stanford on Aug. 25. Jessica Lisi scored her first goal as a Mountaineer just 25 seconds into the second half to score WVU’s lone goal of the afternoon.
This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 11 Mountaineers (1-1-0) continue the 2019 campaign with a home match against High Point (0-2) on Friday, Aug. 30, before heading to Charlottesville, Virginia, to take on No. 9 Virginia (2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 1 … Friday’s match is Barks and Brews Night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium with first kick set for 7 p.m. … fans can bring their dog to the stadium with a completed attendance waiver … the first 100 dogs in attendance will receive a WVU Women’s Soccer tennis ball shaped in the form of a dog bone … additionally, select beverages will be half off from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. … Sunday’s match is slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET at Klockner Stadium and will be streamed live on the ACC Network.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU opened its 2019 campaign with a 1-1 showing, defeating Duquesne, 2-0, on Friday to begin the season, and falling to No. 3 Stanford, 3-1, on Sunday, at University Park, Pennsylvania … West Virginia improved to 11-10-3 in season openers after the team used a goal in each half and the defense held Duquesne to zero shots to earn the 2-0 win … senior forward Jade Gentile put the Mountaineers on the board first in the 25th minute when she took a low cross from Jordan Brewster inside the box and sent it over the Duquesne goalie’s head to give WVU the early 1-0 advantage … the Mountaineers added an insurance goal in the 84th minute, as Julianne Vallerand fired a left-footed shot from just outside the box that landed in the top right of the net … senior goalkeeper Rylee Foster recorded her 32nd career shutout as WVU’s defense held Duquesne without a shot … No. 3 Stanford used three goals in the first half to defeat the Mountaineers, 3-1, in a neutral-site matchup on Sunday at University Park, Pennsylvania … Jessica Lisi scored her first goal as a Mountaineer just 25 seconds into the second half to record WVU’s lone goal of the afternoon.
Notes: Six players earned their first career start at WVU over the weekend: Mackenzie Aunkst, Jessica Lisi, Juliana Lynch, Gabby Robinson, Isabella Sibley and Alina Stahl … Gentile earned her first career game-winning goal, after she scored in the 25th minute … Friday’s match marked the first time WVU has denied an opponent a shot since it held Saint Francis (Pa.) to zero shots on Sept. 16, 2018.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers open the 2019 season with a two-match road trip, beginning on Friday, Aug. 30, at Monmouth … kickoff at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn, in West Long Branch, New Jersey, is set for 4 p.m. ET … WVU also travels to Delaware on Monday, Sept. 2, with a first kick of 7 p.m., against the Blue Hens at Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium in Newark, Delaware.
Last Season in Men’s Soccer: WVU finished 14-7-0 in 2018, including a perfect 5-0 mark in the Mid-American Conference … West Virginia won the MAC regular-season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the first time since 2011 … the Mountaineers, who finished as high as No. 17 by Soccer America in the final top-25 polls, set program records in assists (51) and shots on goal (129) … midfielder Joey Piatczyc was named the 2018 MAC Player of the Year, while Marlon LeBlanc earned MAC Coach of the Year honors … Piatczyc, the school-record holder in career assists, was named to the College Soccer News All-America Second Team, the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team, the Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Third Team and the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region First Team … Piatczyc, along with then-sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky, was named to the All-MAC First Team, while then-junior defenders Albert Andre-Llop, Pascal Derwaritsch, Ryan Kellogg and then-junior midfielder Andrew Muriel Albino were named to the second team.
Notes: The Mountaineers return 13 players who saw action in at least eight matches last season, as well as nine who started at least 15 times in 2018 … offensively, WVU welcomes back 10 different goal scorers from a year ago and 29 of its 41 total goals scored … WVU was slotted No. 20 in the College Soccer News Preseason National Poll, as well as No. 23 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25 … for the second consecutive season, West Virginia was picked to finish third in the MAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll … WVU will be led by a group of seven seniors in 2019 … WVU also welcomes 12 newcomers to the squad this season.
This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia opens its regular season with three consecutive weekends on the road, starting with the Delaware Classic in Newark, Delaware, on Aug. 30-31 … WVU opens play against host Delaware at 7 p.m. ET on Friday evening … the squad will then conclude the Delaware Classic on Saturday, as it takes on Coppin State in an 11 a.m. ET matchup, as well as Binghamton in a 4:30 p.m. ET afternoon tilt … the Mountaineers will square off with the Blue Hens for the seventh time in their 45-year history, as WVU claimed a 3-1 win its most recent meeting held on Aug. 25, 2017, in Morgantown … additionally, West Virginia holds a 1-0 all-time series lead against Coppin State and Binghamton … Delaware’s match will be streamed live on YouTube.
Last Season in Volleyball: West Virginia played four teams ranked inside the AVCA Top-25 Poll in 2018, facing nationally-ranked Texas and Baylor twice in league action in addition to nonconference matches against No. 1 Stanford and No. 9 BYU … the season was highlighted with a win against in-state foe Marshall on Nov. 7, 2018, to capture the Golden Ball Trophy for the third time in the last four years … four Mountaineers finished the season in the top 10 of five Big 12 categories: Lacey Zerwas ranked sixth with 9.18 assists per set, Katelyn Evans ranked ninth with 3.17 kills per set, Kristina Jordan ranked 10th with 0.22 aces per set and Katie DeMeo ranked fifth with 1.27 blocks per set and 10th with a .289 hitting percentage.
Notes: The Mountaineers return to the court following an 11-win campaign in 2018 … WVU returns 16 letterwinners to its 2019 roster, including five starters and its libero … Evans led the squad with 3.17 kills per set last season, while DeMeo led the team’s blocking efforts with 1.27 blocks per set … Zerwas will return to the court as a team co-captain alongside seniors Gabrielle Cuckovich and Erin Slinde … additionally, West Virginia welcomed two newcomers to its squad: redshirt junior transfer Audrey Adams and freshman Natalie Winter.
This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers open the 2019 season at the Lehigh Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania … the meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course.
Last Season in Cross Country: WVU finished fourth at the 2018 Big 12 Championship before notching a sixth-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional … Hayley Jackson collected All-Big 12 honors after finishing eighth overall at the conference meet … WVU won multiple regular-season meets – Charlotte Opener and Lock Haven Invitational – for the first time since 2011 … Olivia Hill and Andrea Pettit were named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Team … Pettit went on to being named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team.
Notes: WVU returns 10 letterwinners from last season, while two newcomers are set to join the squad in 2019 … Coach Sean Cleary is entering his 13th season as head coach of the cross country team, and he’s been involved in the program for 27 years … Friday’s meet marks the 42nd season of cross country at WVU … the Mountaineers have won their season-opening meet in each of the last three seasons – and four times in the last five years – including victories at the Charlotte Opener in 2018 and the Texas Tech Invitational in 2016 as well as wins at the Lehigh Invitational in 2014 and 2017 … Friday marks WVU’s fourth visit to the Lehigh Invitational since 2013.