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November 11, 2019 at 5:34 pm #103478
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned a bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament and will face Georgetown in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Shaw Field in Washington D.C.
With the selection, the Mountaineers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 20 consecutive seasons, which is tied for the fifth-longest active streak nationally. West Virginia is 21-19-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has won four straight opening-round matches, dating back to 2015.
“The NCAA selection committee always has a tough job to do,” coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “I’m certainly glad that the committee saw the value in our RPI to give us an at-large bid. This team has stepped up this season. It’s been incredible to watch the journey and how they came together and just how badly they wanted to be the team to get to 20.”
Saturday’s match marks the second time the two teams have met this season after Georgetown earned a 3-0 win over West Virginia on Sept. 15. The Mountaineers hold a 15-6-2 advantage in the series, while the Hoyas narrowly edged WVU, 6-5, on penalty kicks in the only match between the foes in the only meeting in the NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown enters the match with a 13-4-3 this season after falling in the Big East Championship game to No.1-seeded Xavier, 2-0, on Sunday. Fifth-year senior Amanda Carolan leads the Hoyas with 29 points on a team-high 11 goals and seven assists.
Sophomore forward Alina Stahl paces WVU with 12 points on a team-best five goals and two assists. Freshman forward Julianne Vallerand ranks No. 2 with 11 points (5 G, 1 A), while sophomore forward Lizzie Mayfield shows a team-high four assists.
The WVU backline has posted seven shutouts this season, with six credited to senior goalkeeper Rylee Foster. Foster is third amongst active student-athletes in Division I and second on the school’s career shutouts list with 37.
Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2019 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters. The top 16 teams will host and all other sites were selected for the first round to create the least number of flights.November 11, 2019 at 6:06 pm #103481
Great news and congratulations to them.
I was hoping with this unusual season’s outcome that they would get the opportunity.November 12, 2019 at 8:48 am #103512
Nikki Izzo-Brown is one of the best coaching hires ever made in the long history of WVU Athletics. She has literally built this program from the ground up. Considering that she was faced with a rare “rebuild” scenario in 2019, getting into the NCAA field is again a testament to her abilities in coaching and recruiting.November 13, 2019 at 12:35 am #103567
Without question. I think the teams of the last few years were so good defensively, that when a few goals were given up it was kind of a shock, and this year’s team didn’t have a dominant player up front. But, this is a good result for this rebuild year.
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