#16 Women's Soccer vs. #20 Baylor

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • October 11, 2012 02:49 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 16th-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team plays host to 20th-ranked Baylor in a critical Big 12 Conference match on Friday, Oct. 12. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. in a matchup between two teams without a conference loss.

“Tomorrow is going to be a battle between two very good teams,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “They score a lot of goals and don’t give up many. They are physical and will challenge us on both sides of the 18 (yard box).”

The Mountaineers are riding a seven match win streak following a pair of Big 12 road wins last weekend. West Virginia improved to 9-3-3 overall, 5-0-0 in league play with victories at Kansas and Iowa State.

“There’s nothing better than playing a night game at home, in front of our fans and our students,” says Izzo-Brown. “We’ve been on the road for a few weeks, and I know our ladies are excited to be home in a familiar environment.”

At halftime of tomorrow’s contest, Mountaineer fans can catch one of 50 WVU Women’s Soccer scarves tossed into the stands.

Forwards Kate Schwindel and Frances Silva lead the offensive attack with a combined 18 goals and nine assists. Schwindel is coming off a five-point weekend where she was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Outside back Bry McCarthy and goalkeeper Sara Keane have helped the Mountaineer defense record six shutouts this season. WVU has held 10 of 15 opponents to five shots on-goal or less.

Marci Jabson is in her fifth season at the helm of Baylor soccer, guiding the 2011 squad to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999, and first-ever tournament victory.

The Bears are unbeaten in their last 10 matches, dating back to a 2-1 double overtime loss at then-15th ranked Long Beach State. BU is off to a 2-0-1 start in Big 12 play (11-1-2 overall), marking the first time Baylor has been unbeaten in its opening three league games since 1998.

Senior Dana Larsen leads the team in points (18) behind team-bests of seven goals and four assists, while midfielder Lisa Sliwinski has scored four goals in the last five games. BU has outscored its opponents, 37-7, this season.

Defensively, the Bears have nine shutouts in 14 games. Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Kloss has allowed only seven goals in 14 matches for a 0.51 goals-against average.

Baylor currently leads the Big 12 in every offensive statistical category: points (103, 7.36), goals (37), assists (29) and shots (316, 22.57). Defensively, the Bears lead the Big 12 with nine shutouts in 14 games, giving them a shutout percentage of .643.

Prior to the match, four student-athletes: Nicolette DeLaurentis, Bry McCarthy, Bri Rodriguez and Mallory Smith, along with graduate student Caitlin Hulyo, will be recognized on Senior Night. Together, they have combined for 261 matches played while amassing a four-year record of 54-21-10 under Izzo-Brown. The 54 wins rank as the 24th-best mark in the country over the last four seasons.

Admission is free for WVU students with a valid student ID, $5 for adults, $3 for youths 18 and under and seniors. Tickets are $2 per person for groups of 10 or more. Fans unable to attend tomorrow’s match can follow the Mountaineers at home all season via GameTracker and a free WebStream presented by Kroger at WVUsports.com.