MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University earned a 2-1 win in a preseason exhibition at Michigan this afternoon at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Mountaineers built a 2-0 advantage in the first half before allowing a Wolverine goal in the 45th minute. A strong second-half defensive effort, including three saves from sophomore goalkeeper Rylee Foster
, preserved the preseason victory.
“I saw some really good things today. I was happy to see us apply a few of the concepts we worked on in training these last few days in a game atmosphere,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “Michigan was a great opponent, and they showed us areas we need to work on, but I feel we can continue to train hard and get better.
“Collectively, we brought a high intensity to today’s game, and that’s something we can always control. That was really good to see.”
Senior midfielder Carla Portillo
finished with three points, tallying the team’s first goal in the 29th minute and assisting on junior forward Grace Cutler
’s score in the 32nd.
WVU tallied a 13-6 shot advantage and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
“Our upperclassmen led us on the field today,” Izzo-Brown noted. “Bianca (St. Georges) brought a lot of hard tackles, Carla showed a lot of leadership and Alli (Magaletta) was smart and worked hard.
“Easther (Mayi Kith) really came up big for us in some key moments. I think we saw where we need to get better so we can earn the shutout.”
The Mountaineers conclude their exhibition season against Bowling Green on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Admission is free and open to the public.