West Virginia’s six seniors to play in final two home games this weekend
Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011 03:10
The West Virginia women's soccer team returns home to compete in the final two regular season games of the season this weekend.
On Sunday, against
Syracuse, the program will honor the senior class with Senior Day.
"Dick Dlesk is a special place for us and we want to take care of business," said West Virginia head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.
The Mountaineers will honor six seniors Sunday.
This year's group of
seniors includes leading goal scorer Blake Miller and three members of WVU's
impressive defense: Meghan Lewis, Drea Barklage and Erica Henderson.
West Virginia will also be honoring senior forwards Chelsey Corroto and Morgan Betscher.
"There are so many (seniors) that have done so many special things at special times," Izzo-Brown said. "I think they are all very special."
Izzo-Brown is looking forward to honoring her seniors who have given their all to the program over the last couple years and hopes the fans show their support as well.
"Sunday will be our last regulation home game and we want to make sure we recognize all their accomplishments and hard work," Izzo-Brown said. "It will be a little bit of a celebration in making sure that the fans come out and pay tribute to what these seniors have given this university, this team and this athletic department."
The veteran head coach wants to see the fans at both games this weekend, not just Senior Day.
"It is huge (to get the fans out) because we are at a
critical point, and we need these points," she said.
The Mountaineers are coming off their first Big East loss of the season and hope a quick turnaround this
weekend will help them
return to sole possession atop the Big East. West Virginia is currently tied with Marquette, a team they beat earlier this year, for first place in the Big East.
WVU rattled off seven
consecutive wins, including going 5-0-0 in the Big East
before losing to Villanova Oct. 2.
The Mountaineers were faced with adversity in the Villanova game with constant rain and playing with a man down for most of the game after Lewis was issued a
controversial red card.
Although the Mountaineers suffered a blow with the loss to Villanova, Coach Izzo Brown said they are not down for the count.
"When you have to play with a man down and in standing water, there are other factors that come into (the game)," Izzo-Brown said. "There is no ‘we peaked and now we're done'-type mentality at all, especially coming after a 3-1 win at Georgetown.
"I think that if the
conditions are different, the game is different."