No. 21 Mountaineers take road trip to Georgetown, ‘Nova this weekend
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011 23:09
The No. 21 West Virginia women's soccer team takes its six-game win streak on the road this weekend.
The Mountaineers will play two Big East Conference opponents, including a Friday matchup against Georgetown and a Sunday afternoon game against Villanova.
"It is going to be a really tough weekend on the road," said West Virginia head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. "Georgetown has been in and out of the top 25 all year. We expect some really tough games."
Izzo-Brown's squad is 2-2 away from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this season. Five of the seven remaining games will be played on the road.
Although this year's Big East tournament will be played in Morgantown, it is essential for the team to post victories on the road. Coach Izzo-Brown said there are ways to aid success away from Morgantown.
"You've got be even more focused and ready when you're on the road," she said. "Especially now that we have a national ranking, everyone is gunning for you."
The Mountaineers defeated South Florida in their most recent road affair. The game was a rematch of the 2010 Big East Conference Championship game. Although it took overtime to decide the outcome, the South Florida game may have been a turning point for the team.
"The win at South Florida was a confidence builder— that we could win on the road," Izzo-Brown said. "We've got to buckle down and set the tone."
West Virginia will face Georgetown Friday afternoon. The Hoyas are currently riding a three-game win streak and are 9-3-0 on the season.
"We expect a very offensive -minded team that can really get forward quickly," Izzo-Brown said.
Following a travel day Saturday, the Mountaineers will face Villanova at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Wildcats haven't won a match since Sept. 2, but coach Izzo-Brown knows her team can't overlook its opponent.
"With those games, they've only been one-goal games," she said. "They've been in all those games, unfortunately they've just been on the back side of the win. That's definitely something we will talk about on Saturday on getting ready for."
The team will return home for a matchup against St. Johns on Friday, Oct. 7.