St. Georges’ Goal Earns WVU Student Athlete Of The Week Honors
After registering the No. 9-ranked women’s soccer team’s first goal of the 2018 season, senior defender Bianca St. Georges has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
A two-time team captain, St. Georges connected on a penalty kick in the 61st minute against Arkansas on Aug. 19 and helped the Mountaineers comeback for a 1-1 (2OT) draw against the Razorbacks at the Penn State Invitational at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania. The goal was the third career score for St. Georges.
The Mountaineer defense was solid against the Razorbacks, allowing only three shots on-goal and four corner kicks.
WVU opened the weekend with a 1-0 loss at No. 4 Penn State on Aug. 17. The Mountaineer defense denied the Nittany Lions a shot through the first 44 minutes of the match and allowed just seven shots all game.
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This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 9 Mountaineers (0-1-1) continue their season-opening road swing at the Purdue Tournament on Aug. 24-26, in West Lafayette, Indiana … WVU kicks against the host Boilermakers on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., before taking on Northwestern on Sunday, Aug. 24, at noon.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU opened its 2018 campaign with an 0-1-1 showing at the Penn State Invitational over the weekend at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania … the Mountaineers dropped an 0-1 decision to No. 4 Penn State on Aug. 17, before fighting back for a 1-1 (2OT) draw against Arkansas on Aug. 19 … WVU denied PSU a shot through the first 44 minutes of the match, but a goal in the 80th minute proved too much to overcome … on Sunday, WVU allowed a Razorback goal in the 16th minute, but senior defender Bianca St. Georges’ penalty kick in the 61st minute evened the score and helped WVU come home with a point … the WVU defense allowed a combined seven shots on-goal all weekend … junior Rylee Foster made a combined five saves … senior forward Sh’Nia Gordon paced the field Friday with three shots, while St. Georges tallied five shots Sunday.
Notes: Four Mountaineers earned their first career starts this weekend – senior midfielder Nadya Gill, sophomore midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkle and forward Lauren Segalla and freshman defender Jordan Brewster … Sunday was the first-ever meeting between the Mountaineers and the Razorbacks.
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This Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers open the 2018 season with a pair of matches this weekend in Charleston, South Carolina … the season begins on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. ET, at the College of Charleston … West Virginia concludes the opening weekend with a neutral-site contest against UNC Wilmington on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia played two preseason exhibition matches, capped by a 3-0 victory at home over Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday … WVU opened preseason practice on Aug. 7.
Notes: Coach Marlon LeBlanc begins his 13th season at the helm and owns a 114-84-32 record in Morgantown … sixteen lettermen return to the pitch in 2018, including nine that played in at least 15 matches last season … the 24-man roster features four seniors – goalkeeper Stephen Banick, forward Rushawn Larmond and midfielders Joey Piatczyc and Jorge Quintanilla – and eight newcomers – Jacob Castro, Josh DiMatteo, Nicholas Manno, Ftsum Michael, Kedus Michael, Andres Muriel Albino, Amadou Ndiaye and Nic Short … along with the four seniors, the returning Mountaineers include junior defenders Ryan Kellogg, a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honoree, and Pascal Derwaritsch, who was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Tournament Team a year ago, and junior midfielder Sebastian Garcia-Herreros, a MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete last season … Piatczyc, a two-time All-MAC Team honoree, also is back on the pitch for the Mountaineers after missing the 2017 season with an injury … WVU’s 18-match 2018 schedule is highlighted by home matchups against Pitt and Cincinnati, as well as MAC foes SIU Edwardsville and Bowling Green, while the road slate features contests at perennial national-championship contenders Akron and Maryland … the complete schedule can be found on WVUsports.com … WVU soccer scarf ticket packages and single match tickets are on sale now at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800 WVU GAME … the scarf ticket package includes a scarf and 10 tickets to be used at any men’s or women’s soccer match during the 2018 regular season … packages are just $30 and are available while supplies last … single-match tickets are $5 each, while tickets are $3 for groups of 10 or more … at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium ticket window, tickets will be $7 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors and $3 for groups … the discounted online pricing will be available until kickoff on game day … tickets for WVU students are free with a valid student I.D.
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This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia plays host to Georgia Southern, UConn and Wright State as part of the annual WVU Invitational on Aug. 24-25 at the WVU Coliseum … Friday’s season-opener against the Eagles (10 a.m.) is Poster Giveaway Day, as the team will sign autographs following an evening tilt with the Huskies at 7 p.m. … youth players who attended WVU volleyball camps this year also are welcomed back for a Camper Reunion Night Friday evening … additionally, WVU will give away jersey koozies to the first 250 fans in attendance … on Saturday, the Mountaineers will host a canned food drive for the Wright State match set to begin at 3 p.m. … fans who bring a canned food item to donate to The Rack, WVU’s student food bank, are eligible for a discounted ticket ($2) … fans can purchase tickets by visiting WVUGAME.com, calling 1-800-WVUGAME or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office, located at the Gold Gate of the WVU Coliseum … all tickets are general admission … when purchasing online, tickets are $5 each and $3 for groups of 10 or more … at the WVU Coliseum ticket window, tickets will be $7 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors and $3 for groups … the discounted pricing will be available until first serve on game day … tickets for WVU students are free with a valid student I.D. … of note, to provide a safer environment for Mountaineer fans and to expedite entry into all ticketed WVU athletic events, the West Virginia Department of Intercollegiate Athletics enforces the NFL’s Clear Bag Policy.
Last Season in Volleyball: The Mountaineers saw their historic 2017 season end in the second-to-last match of the postseason, as the team dropped a three-set match to Ole Miss in an National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Semifinal matchup at the Gillom Athletics Performance Center, in Oxford, Mississippi, on Dec. 9 … WVU finished the year with 21 wins for the first time since a 26-11 campaign in 1991, the only time before 2017 that the Mountaineers made the postseason … with 21 wins, fourth-year coach Reed Sunahara earned his highest win total as head coach of the Mountaineers … additionally, West Virginia has steadily risen in the Big 12 Conference in Sunahara’s first three seasons, ending the 2017 campaign in fifth place for WVU’s best finish since joining the league in 2012 … the Mountaineers closed their 2017 regular season by winning three of their last four Big 12 matches, most notably upsetting No. 14 Kansas at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kansas, on Nov. 25, to capture their first-ever win over a top-25 opponent.
Notes: The 2018 campaign marks the program’s 44th season … WVU will play 15 home matches inside the WVU Coliseum, as the team is led by junior captains Gabrielle Cuckovich and Erin Slinde … the Mountaineers also will face seven teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season, as well as three teams that played in the NIVC Tournament … after welcoming Georgia Southern, Penn and Wright State for the annual WVU Invitational in the first official weekend of play, the Mountaineers will travel to Provo, Utah, for the BYU Nike Invitational …. West Virginia will go head-to-head with three teams (BYU, Stanford and Wichita State) ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.