MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No.15-ranked University of West Virginia women’s football team heads home to wrap up their no-conference list and host Kent State on Sunday, September 19. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.
Sunday is the annual Mountaineers Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer game, as players will wear gold armbands and coaches and staff will wear gold laces to support fundraising efforts for WVU Medicine Children’s. It’s also a football and futbol weekend, and fans can bring their ticket stub from the WVU football game with Virginia Tech on September 18 to receive free entry. There will also be a post-match youth clinic for children aged 3 to 12 after the competition ends, as well as free entry for children wearing a youth soccer jersey.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting WVUGAME.com or calling 1-800-WVU GAME to avoid line-ups at the gate on game day. When purchasing online, tickets cost $ 5 each. Remaining tickets are $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for youth and seniors at the stadium box office on match day.
WVU student tickets will also be available at the Mountaineer box office, located at the Dick Dlesk football stadium. The office, as well as the stadium gates, open at 12 noon on the day of the match. WVU students are admitted free with a valid WVU student card
Andrew Caridi and Liam Belan have the call of Sunday’s game on Big 12 Now on ESPN +. For more information or to sign up for the digital platform, visit WVUsports.com/Big12Now. The game can also be heard on 91.7 FM (WWVU) in Morgantown. Live stats are available at WVUsports.com.
“We know Kent State is a very organized team that will come to Morgantown,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown noted. “They have had several victories this season and will be a good test for us to close the non-conference part of our schedule.”
In their second road game of the season alone, the Mountaineers won a 2-1 victory over James Madison on September 16 in Harrisonburg, Va. West Virginia struck very quickly, as a junior forward / defenseman Julienne Vallerand put WVU on the board with just 1:20 left, scoring his fourth goal of the season. Second year midfielder Lilly mccarthy reproduced Vallerand’s quick second-half score, finding the back of the net just 1:21 of 45 seconds.
McCarthy’s quick strike was considered the winner of the game, even though it was also the first goal of his career. Vallerand’s first-half goal at 1:20 was the eighth-fastest goal in program history and the Mountaineers’ first score since the senior forward Alina stahl scored at 2:01 in the first half against Bowling Green on September 22, 2019.
Sunday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between the West Virginia and Kent State women’s football teams.
WVU is 13-2-1 against current members of the Mid-American Conference. The team last faced a MAC foe on September 22, 2019, defeating Bowling Green 2-0 at Dick Dlesk Football Stadium. The Golden Flashs become West Virginia’s 116th all-time opponent.
As one of the MAC’s longest-serving head coaches, Rob Marinaro is in his 20th season at the helm of Kent State, having been with the program since its inception in 1997. Marinaro is a three-time coach of the MAC. of the year and holds a historic record of 181-148-42.
The Golden Flashes are 4-2 this season, following a 3-2 win at Oakland on September 12. Redshirt’s senior forward Cameron Shedenhelm leads the KSU offense in goals (3), points (9) and shots (14), while she also co-leads the team with three assists. In front of goals, Sarah Melen has made 11 saves this year, starting all six games with a 1.83 goals-against average.
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