WVU Varsity Sports Update: Aug 27
Following his productive performance in last Friday’s season opener, senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Piatczyc had three points in WVU’s 2-0 win at the College of Charleston on Aug. 24, to open the season. He scored the game-winner in the 51st minute and added an assist on West Virginia’s second goal in the 72nd minute.
The assist was a cross from the far-right side that was headed in and gives Piatczyc 26 in his career, the second-most in program history and one shy of tying the program record of 27, set by Dan Stratford from 2004-07. The eventual game-winning goal came on a free kick from approximately 30 yards out that hit the top-left post and bounced in.
Piatcyzc and the Mountaineers host American in the team’s home opener on Friday, Aug. 31, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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This Week in Women’s Soccer: The No. 18-ranked Mountaineers open their 2018 home season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium with a pair of matches this weekend … WVU kicks against Xavier on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m., and against No. 15 Georgetown on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. … Thursday is Dollar Night, and all tickets and select concessions will be available for $1 each … Sunday is the second-annual Dog Day at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … a waiver form for all dogs is available at WVUsports.com … the first 100 dogs in attendance will receive a WVU bandana, and the first 250 fans will receive WVU sunglasses.
Last Week in Women’s Soccer: WVU played to a pair of draws at Purdue’s Boilermaker Challenge Cup Aug. 24-26 … the Mountaineers (0-1-3) opened the weekend with a 1-1 (2OT) draw against the host Boilermakers on Friday and followed it with a 0-0 (2OT) draw against No. 19 Northwestern on Aug. 26 … down 1-0 to Purdue Friday, senior midfielder Grace Cutler tallied the equalizer in the 86th minute … forward Lauren Segalla and Lizzie Mayfield assisted on the goal, their first career helpers … WVU finished with a 24-9 advantage in shots and forced Purdue into seven saves … junior Ryle Foster made four stops for WVU, who also earned a 13-2 edge in corner kicks … the Mountaineers halted Northwestern’s three-match win streak and earned their first shutout of the season on Sunday … WVU finished with a 32-6 shot advantage and forced NU into 10 saves … Foster made two first-half stops for the Mountaineers, who also earned an 11-1 edge in corner kicks.
Notes: WVU has played in three straight double-overtime matches … through four matches, the Mountaineers have faced the 2017 Big Ten Conference champion (Penn State), as well as the Big Ten (Northwestern) and SEC (Arkansas) runners-up … senior forward Sh’Nia Gordon tallied more shots (7) than the entire Northwestern team combined on Sunday … Foster now shows 21 career shutouts … senior defenders Bianca St. Georges and Easther Mayi Kith were named to the Boilermaker Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team for their performances against Purdue and Northwestern last weekend.
This Week in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia comes home to face American on Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … tickets are available at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800 WVU GAME … it is Dollar Night, with tickets and select concessions available for just $1, and Friday Night Happy Hour, from 6-7 p.m., with beverages not included in the Dollar Night promotion half-off … additionally, the first 250 fans will receive a free WVU jersey koozie.
Last Week in Men’s Soccer: The Mountaineers opened the 2018 season with a 2-0 victory at the College of Charleston on Friday night … senior Joey Piatczyc and junior Ethan Shim scored for WVU, both in the second half, while Piatczyc also assisted on Shim’s goal … sophomore goalkeeper Steven Tekesky made two saves in the win … on Sunday, WVU suffered a 1-0 loss to UNC Wilmington to close out play at the Aaron Oltsky Memorial Soccer Classic in Charleston, South Carolina … WVU held an 18-13 advantage in shots, but a UNCW goal in the eighth minute was the difference … junior Andres Muriel Albino led the team with five shots and two shots on goal … Tekesky made a career-best six saves, while UNCW’s keeper stopped all seven shots on goal.
Notes: Piatczyc’s assist on Friday gives him 26 in his career, the second-most in program history and one shy of tying the program record of 27, set by Dan Stratford from 2004-07 … Shim’s goal on Friday was the first of his career … WVU improved to 6-2 in season-opening games since 2011 … in Sunday’s contest, Tekesky’s career-best six saves doubled his previous career high of three, which he accomplished twice in 2017.
This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia (2-1) travels to Provo, Utah, this weekend to face three teams which made the NCAA Tournament last season … the Mountaineers will square off with host No. 8 BYU (2-0) at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday before taking on Wichita State (2-0) in a 5 p.m. ET tilt on Friday … West Virginia will conclude the three-day BYU Nike Invitational with a 7 p.m. ET match against No. 1 Stanford (1-0) on Saturday … WVU goes head-to-head with BYU for just the second time in program history, as the Mountaineers were swept by the No. 9-ranked Cougars on their home court in 2014 … additionally, West Virginia will take on Wichita State and Stanford for the first time in its 44-year history, as WVU’s 2018 regular-season schedule features three first-time opponents.
Last Week in Volleyball: West Virginia opened its 2018 season at home with the WVU Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the WVU Coliseum … the Mountaineers claimed a 3-1 season-opening win over Georgia Southern on Friday morning, followed by a 3-0 sweep of UConn later that evening … however, West Virginia fell to Wright State, 3-1, in its first setback of the season on Saturday afternoon.
Notes: Despite Saturday’s loss, West Virginia walked away with the 2018 WVU Invitational title … the winner was based on a set-percentage tiebreaker due to West Virginia, Wright State and UConn sharing a 2-1 overall record at the two-day tournament … the Mountaineers were 8-6 with a set percentage of .636, while the Raiders finished as the tournament’s runner-up with a percentage of .571 … additionally, junior hitters Natania Levak and Katelyn Evans earned all-tournament team honors for their efforts … five newcomers saw action last weekend … freshmen Kristina Jordan and Kristin Lux earned starts for the Mountaineers … freshmen Macy McElhaney, Keatan Broughton and Lacey Zerwas also saw action in the rotation … as a team, West Virginia is hitting .194 and holding its opponent to a .089 clip, while outblocking its opponents, 38.0-24.0 … Levak and Evans lead the team with 28 kills each, followed by Lux with 27 … sophomore Lindsay Proctor leads the floor defense with 38 digs, while sophomore Katie DeMeo posted a team-high 18 total blocks on the weekend.
This Week in Cross Country: The Mountaineers open the 2018 season at the Charlotte Opener on Friday, Aug. 27, in Concord, North Carolina … the meet is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET at Frank Liske Park.
Last Season in Cross Country: WVU finished fourth in the 2017 Big 12 Championship before claiming a seventh-place team finish at the 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional … Amy Cashin and Maggie Drazba earned All-Big 12 and All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors for their performances at the two meets … the duo also was named to the All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) … additionally, Cashin was selected as a Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team selection last year, marking her second Academic All-America honor of her career.
Notes: Eight letterwinners return to the squad this season, while 11 newcomers are set to join the team in 2018 … Coach Sean Cleary is entering his 12th season as head coach of the cross country team, and he’s been involved in the program for 26 years … Friday’s meet marks the 41st season of cross country at WVU … the Mountaineers have won their season-opening meet in each of the last two seasons – and three times in the last four years – including wins at the Lehigh Invitational in 2014 and 2017 and a victory at the Texas Tech Invitational in 2016.