MORGANTOWN, W.Va. The No. 9 Virginia women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 15 West Virginia 3-0 Sunday at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers scored once in the first half and twice in the second half to post their first win over the Cavaliers since 2002.
“We definitely struggled today and we had difficulty getting anything going,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “Give West Virginia a lot of credit. They were organized and most importantly, finished their chances. We didn’t make good decisions and the end result was justified.”
In the first half, the Mountaineers took a early lead as Megan Mischler took advantage of a loose rebound in the box and scored in the second minute of play. It marked the first time this season that the Cavaliers had trailed in a game.
West Virginia doubled their advantage in the 72nd minute as Blake Miller intercepted a clearance attempt and slid a ball into the net to give WVU a 2-0 lead. The Mountaineers capped the scoring in the 84th minute on a breakaway by Mischler.
Overall the West Virginia outshot the Cavaliers 7-4, while Virginia had a 6-3 corner kick advantage. Celeste Miles (Garland, Texas) made two saves for Virginia, while Kerri Butler made three saves for West Virginia.
The Cavaliers open conference play on Thursday, Sept. 25 as they visit No. 8 Florida State. Game time at the Seminole Soccer Complex is 7 p.m.
WEST VIRGINIA 3, VIRGINIA 0
#9 Virginia (6-1-1) 0 0 – 0
#15 West Virginia (6-1-2) 1 2 – 3
WVU Megan Mischler 3 (unassisted) 2’
WVU Blake Miller 2 (unassisted) 72’
WVU Megan Mischler 4 (unassisted) 84’
Shots: UVa 4, WVU 7
Corners: UVa 6, WVU 3
Saves: UVa 2 (Miles 2, Hale 0), WVU 3 (Butler 3)
Fouls: UVa 13, WVU 5
Weather: 84 degrees, clear