After recording a career-low score at the Mountaineer Invitational, Mark Goetz of the West Virginia University golf team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
For the second year in a row, the fifth-year senior shot a career-low on the final day to win his second consecutive Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
The native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, shot a career-low 63, one shy of the school record, on the final day. His 9-under-par was the lowest round in school history in relation to par.
Goetz’s three-day total of 202 (69-70-63=202) for 14-under-par was the lowest three-round total in school history, breaking Etienne Papineau’s 203 total in 2019. Goetz had 19 birdies and just five bogeys in the 54-hole event. It was the second win of Goetz’s collegiate career.
Goetz led West Virginia to tie the school record for 18 holes with a final round score of 13-under-par.
WVU finished second in the Mountaineer Invitational at 8-under-par, one shot behind No. 8 NC State.
This Week in Volleyball: The Mountaineers (12-3, 2-2 Big 12) travel to Manhattan, Kansas for a two-match series against Kansas State, at Ahearn Field House, from Oct. 14-15 … Thursday’s match will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Friday’s match at 8 p.m.
Last Week in Volleyball: WVU was off last week.
Notes: WVU last saw action at Texas with a match on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 … West Virginia suffered a pair of losses to Texas … on Thursday evening, the Longhorns took the match from the Mountaineers in set scores of 25-21, 25-11 and 25-19 … on Friday, WVU suffered a 3-0 loss in set scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-21 … senior setter Lacey Zerwas tallied her sixth double-double this season and her 26th career double-double at Texas on Friday, Oct. 1 … WVU finished Thursday’s match hitting .135 with 34 kills and three team blocks, while on Friday the squad finished hitting .178 with 36 kills and 42 digs … West Virginia rank second in the Big 12 in kills (13.70 per set), digs (15.22 per set) and service aces (15.22) … six Mountaineers rank in the top five in the conference in four categories … fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch ranks second with a hitting percentage of .396 … Zerwas sits in second with an average of 10.52 assists per set … sophomore outside hitter Skye Stokes, senior outside hitter Natali Petrova and redshirt senior outside hitter Adrian Ell rank third (.43), fourth (.41) and fifth (.38) in service aces per set, respectively … fifth-year senior Alexa Hasting sits in fifth place in the Conference with an average of 4.04 digs per set … the Mountaineers and the Wildcats meet for the 21st time since 1999 … Kansas State leads the all-time series, 11-7 … in its last meeting on Oct. 2, 2020, Kansas State beat West Virginia in five sets.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers continue their four-match road trip by traveling to Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 16, in Kalamazoo, Michigan … kickoff at the WMU Soccer Complex is set for 12 p.m. ET.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia (6-1-4, 0-0-1) played a pair of road matches, resulting in a 1-1 draw at Lehigh on Oct. 5, and a 2-0 loss at Northern Illinois on Oct. 9 … senior forward Yoran Popovic scored just 59 seconds into the Lehigh match … sophomore midfielder Ryan Crooks was credited with the assist on the score … however, a Mountain Hawks’ penalty-kick goal in the 75th minute sent the contest into overtime and spoiled a potential WVU victory … the Mountaineers tallied a season-high 25 shots in the draw … from there, West Virginia suffered its first setback of the season at NIU, snapping its season-opening, 10-match unbeaten streak … the Huskies opened the scoring in the 35th minute before adding to their lead in the 88th … fifth-year senior goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made four saves in the loss.
Notes: Following last week’s results, WVU is now 0-0-1 all-time against Lehigh and 5-5-2 against NIU … West Virginia’s season-opening unbeaten streak was its longest to begin a year in program history … the Mountaineers suffered their first loss since April 7, 2021, at Akron, a span of 12 matches dating back to the 2020-21 campaign … WVU is 5-5-2 in 12 overall meetings against Western Michigan … last season, West Virginia fell to the Broncos, 1-0, on March 14, in Kalamazoo, before earning a 3-1 win at home on March 31 … WVU was slotted at No. 4 in last week’s United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Poll, marking the fifth straight week the Mountaineers were included in the organization’s top five … Tekesky enters the week ranked No. 7 nationally in shutouts (7) and No. 11 in goals against average (.589).
This Week in Women’s Soccer: West Virginia returns home this week for two big league matchups at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … first, WVU hosts No. 13 TCU on Thursday, Oct. 14, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET … then, the Mountaineers welcome Texas Tech to town for a Sunday afternoon matchup on Oct. 17 … the contest with the Red Raiders is tabbed for 1 p.m. … Sunday’s match also is Senior Day, as West Virginia will recognize its senior class prior to kickoff.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers played a pair of contests in Kansas last week, competing to a 1-1 draw in double overtime at Kansas State on Oct. 7, then falling to Kansas, 2-1, in its second double-overtime match of the weekend on Oct. 10 … in its first road match of the Big 12 slate at K-State, WVU was on the board early, with an eighth-minute score from sophomore midfielder Lilly McCarthy, her second goal in as many games … however, West Virginia allowed a KSU tally just 10 minutes later, and the final score stood from there, despite West Virginia’s 10 shots on goal throughout the 110-minute match … the contest with the Wildcats showed another dominating statistical performance from the Mountaineers, as the squad tallied 17 shots, including 10 on frame, compared to K-State’s eight shots with three on goal … WVU created eight corner-kick opportunities, while the West Virginia defense once again didn’t allow its opponent to record a single corner for the second straight contest … traveling to Lawrence, for its second match of the weekend, WVU fell, 2-1, in double overtime at Kansas … for the second straight contest, WVU was on the board early, but allowed an opposing tally just minutes later … senior forward Lauren Segalla netted her sixth goal of the season in the seventh minute, but Kansas added a score of its own in the 14th … in the remainder of the match, neither team managed to find the back of the net, sending it to overtime … the game remained tied until the 110th minute, when the Jayhawks tallied the go-ahead and game-winning score … despite the loss, West Virginia once again held distinct advantages in shots (18-7) and corner kicks (8-1), while the squad narrowly edged KU in shots on goal (5-4) … junior goalkeeper Kayza Massey added a pair of saves, while KU keeper Emilie Gavillet saved four WVU shots.
Notes: With the draw, the Mountaineers moved to 4-0-1 all-time against Kansas State, including 2-0-1 in Manhattan … West Virginia is now 6-1-3 in Big 12 road openers … the overtime match with K-State also marked West Virginia’s first since a 0-0, double-overtime draw with then-No. 23 Georgetown on Sept. 9 … WVU is 30-20-58 all-time in overtime games … with the loss to KU, the Mountaineers fell to 8-3-1 all-time against the Jayhawks, while they also tallied their first loss to KU in Lawrence … playing in its second straight overtime contest, WVU fell to 30-21-58 in overtime games … Additionally, West Virginia’s back-to-back double overtime matches at Kansas State (Oct. 7) and Kansas (Oct. 10), marked the first time the squad has played in two or more consecutive overtime games since 2018, when the Mountaineers played three in a row (Aug. 19-26).
This Week in Cross Country: WVU returns to action at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, Oct. 15, at Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course … the Mountaineers will race in the Women’s B Race at 12 a.m. ET, and the Women’s A Race will follow at 1:20 p.m.
Last Week in Cross Country: West Virginia was off last week.
Notes: Ten Mountaineers competed in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louisville Classic, on Oct. 2 and finished in third place with 122 points … junior Ceili McCabe led the team with a first-place finish and a personal best time of 16:27.8 … McCabe’s time broke the WVU school record, previously set by Jillian Forsey (16:58.7) at the Louisville Classic in 2014 … Forsey finished the race in fifth in 2014 … redshirt junior Katherine Dowie followed behind in 17th place and finished the 5k in a personal-best time of 17:01.9 … WVU was one of 44 schools racing in the Women’s 5K CC Gold, with a total of 399 runners … a total of 88 collegiate teams attended the race … redshirt senior Mikaela Lucki and fifth-year senior Sylvia Russell both made their West Virginia debuts at the event.
This Week in Golf: The golf team returns to action Monday through Wednesday at the Big 12 Match Play Championship … the event will take place at The Clubs at Houston Oaks, in Hockley, Texas, outside of Houston … West Virginia enters as the No. 8 seed and a member of Pool A … teams in Pool A will be No. 1 Oklahoma (1), No. 11 Texas Tech (4), No. 9 Kansas (5) and Kansas State (9), while Pool B will be No. 5 Oklahoma State (2), No. 8 Texas (3), No. 40 TCU (6), No. 48 Baylor (7) and Iowa State (10) … for the fourth consecutive season, teams will compete at the par-71, 7,007-yard The Clubs at Houston Oaks … during pool play, each team will play matches during four sessions and have one session off … teams will get three points for a win and one point for a draw … during the final round, the first-place match will feature the team with the highest point total from Pool A competing against the team with the highest point total from Pool B … the third-place match will be between the teams with the second-highest point total from their respective pools, and so on … the Mountaineers will face No. 1 Oklahoma Monday morning and No. 11 Texas Tech Monday afternoon … on Tuesday, WVU will face Kansas State in the morning and No. 9 Kansas in the afternoon … the Mountaineers will have Wednesday morning off before awaiting their opponent for the final round Wednesday afternoon … fifth-year seniors Mark Goetz and Logan Perkins, senior Kurtis Grant, junior Trent Tipton, sophomore Olivier Ménard and freshman Max Green will compete for the Mountaineers … six players will represent each team per match … three Mountaineers will compete at the Georgia State Invitational in Duluth, Georgia, on Monday and Tuesday … sophomores Jackson Davenport and Will Stakel and freshman Todd Duncan will compete as individuals at the par-72, 6,706-yard Berkeley Hills Country Club.
Last Week in Golf: For the second year in a row, fifth-year senior Mark Goetz shot a career-low on the final day to win his second consecutive Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia … the native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, shot a career-low 63, one shy of the school record, on the final day … his 9-under-par was the lowest round in school history in relation to par … Logan Perkins shot a school-record 62 on a par-70 course in 2020 … Goetz’s three-day total of 202 (69-70-63=202) for 14-under-par was the lowest three-round total in school history, breaking Etienne Papineau’s 203 total in 2019 … Goetz had 19 birdies and just five bogeys in the 54-hole event … it was the second win of Goetz’s collegiate career … West Virginia tied the school record for 18 holes with a final round score of 13-under-par … the Mountaineers finished second in the event at 8-under-par with scores of 297-284-275=856, one shot behind No. 8 NC State (290-280-285=855) at 9-under-par … West Virginia finished ahead of Penn State (-7), Drexel (+4), Marshall (+18), Eastern Michigan (+20), Maryland (+20), George Mason (+23), Xavier (+30), Bowling Green (+34), Ohio (+49) and Eastern Kentucky (+55) … senior Kurtis Grant tied for 18th at 3-over-par with rounds of 78-71-70=219 … fifth-year senior Logan Perkins tied for 25th at 5-over-par with rounds of 79-67-75=221 … junior Trent Tipton finished tied for 29th at 6-over-par with rounds of 74-76-72=222, while sophomore Jackson Davenport finished tied for 43rd at 10-over-par with rounds of 76-80-70=226 … entered as individuals, sophomore Olivier Ménard tied for 13th at even par with rounds of 73-73-70=216, while freshman Max Green tied for 15th at 1-over-par with rounds of 73-72-72=217 … sophomore Will Stakel tied for 46th at 11-over-par with rounds of 74-77-76=227, and freshman Todd Duncan shot 89-78-73=240 to tie for 69th place at 24-over-par.
Quote: “We are excited for the opportunity to go head-to-head against the No. 1 team in the country,” coach Sean Covich said. “There’s no other way to see where you stand as a player and as a team than against the best. It should be a fun week as we have several matches versus Top 15-ranked teams.”
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers welcome James Madison, Louisville and Penn State to Morgantown this weekend as they host the Martha Thorn Invitational, from October 15-17 … competition on Friday and Saturday is set to begin at 9 a.m. ET, with Sunday’s play starting at 10 a.m.
Last Week in Tennis: WVU was off last week.
Notes: WVU will hold a dedication ceremony for coach Martha Thorn on Saturday at 11 a.m. … Doubles pair Bossi and Chang remain undefeated, 6-0, through the start of the fall circuit … following competition in Morgantown, West Virginia will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the ITA Super Regional … this is the first time ITA is hosting a Super Regional tournament … the University of Virginia will host the tournament from Oct. 22-25.
This Week in Swimming & Diving: The Mountaineers are home again this weekend as they play host to Penn State from Oct. 15-16 … the women will compete against the Nittany Lions on Friday at 6 p.m. ET, while the men’s teams continue the competition on Saturday, at 11 a.m. … the dual meet with PSU will take place at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.
Last Week in Swimming & Diving: WVU officially kicked off its 2021-22 campaign with West Virginia State games this past weekend … WVU welcomed Alderson Broaddus, Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, Salem, WVU Tech and West Virginia Wesleyan to the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park, on Friday and Saturday … West Virginia swept the meet by winning all 30 events, finishing with a total of 3,258.5 team points … fifth-year Max Gustafson led the way for the Mountaineers tallying 10 wins over the weekend … five freshmen notched victories at the W.Va. State Games … Emily Knorr began her collegiate career with three individual wins, while Zhenya Ingram and Jake Young also took home individual victories … Braden Osborn and Conner McBeth were members of the first-place men’s 200 free relay … senior Lauren Beckish earned her first collegiate victory in the women’s 100-yard butterfly … junior Owen Johns topped the leaderboard on both 1-meter and 3-meter springboard earning a 282.97 and 272.85 … seniors Camille Burt took first on the women’s 1-meter with a score of 272.85, while senior Emma Longley took first on 3-meter with a final score of 248.10.
Notes: Following the dual meet with Penn State, the Mountaineers are off until November 18-20, when they host the WVU Invite at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park … West Virginia is set to welcome Colgate, Old Dominion, Penn State, St. Bonaventure, Villanova and William & Mary to Morgantown … WVU broke five school records during the 2021 campaign, including a pair of program records at Big 12 Championships … the Mountaineers had eight divers qualify for the 2021 NCAA Zone A Championships … West Virginia qualified five for the 2021 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, including four divers … WVU’s four divers at NCAA’s marked the first time in program history that multiple divers competed at a single championship, while the five Mountaineer competitors were the most for West Virginia since 2007 … senior David Dixon earned a 12th-place finish in the 200 butterfly at NCAA’s to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors, becoming the program’s 36th All-American.
This Week in Rifle: West Virginia travels to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sunday, Oct. 17, to square off against No. 17 NC State … Sunday’s contest against the Wolfpack is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET, inside the James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum.
Last Week in Rifle: No. 1 West Virginia defeated No. 6 Memphis, 4718-4622, on Oct. 10, at the Bill McKenzie Mobile Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building in Morgantown … WVU swept Memphis in both disciplines, claiming smallbore, 2341-2279, and air rifle, 2377-2343 … Sunday’s win over the Tigers was the Mountaineers’ third win over a top-10 opponent this season … nine WVU shooters placed inside the top 10 on the individual leaderboard, including each of the top-eight spots … additionally, West Virginia took the top-nine placements on the individual smallbore standings and placed eight shooters inside the top 10 on the individual, air rifle leaderboard.
Notes: With Sunday’s win over Memphis, WVU is now 3-0 on the season, including 2-0 in the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) … West Virginia is 21-0 all-time against NC State, with the series beginning in 1959 … the Mountaineers last competed against the Wolfpack on Nov. 17, 2019, a 4710-4666 WVU victory in Morgantown … five Mountaineers currently rank inside the top 10 nationally in average aggregate score, including sophomore Tal Engler, who is No. 2 in the country with an average of 1184 … Engler also is tied for No. 1 nationally in air rifle average (597), while three other Mountaineers also are ranked top 10 in the category … senior Verena Zaisberger ranks No. 3 nationally in smallbore average (588.67) and is one of four WVU shooters to rank inside the top 10 in the category … … as a team, WVU is No. 1 nationally in average aggregate score (4725.334), smallbore average (2346.667) and air rifle average (2378.667).