MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No.15-ranked University of West Virginia women’s football team heads home to wrap up their non-conference list and host Kent State on Sunday, September 19. The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Dick Dlesk Football Stadium in Morgantown.
âWe know Kent State is a very organized team that will come to Morgantown,â said WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “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 junior forward / defender Julianne Vallerand put WVU on the board with just 1:20 left, scoring her fourth goal of the season.
Second-year midfielder Lilly McCarthy replicated Vallerand’s quick score in the second half, 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 senior forward Alina Stahl scored at 2:01 in the first half. time 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.
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 call 1-800-WVU GAME to skip the line 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.