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Mountaineers Drop Match to Zaragoza

May 10, 2016

ZARAGOZA, Spain – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team suffered a 3-0 defeat to CD Transporte Alcaines this evening at Pedro Santro Stadium.

The two teams played an evenly matched contest through the first 45 minutes, with WVU registering the lone shot on-goal in the first half, but the Mountaineers lost momentum in the second half and the host team took advantage, scoring on all three of its shots.

“I think today was a good environment to be challenged by the top level of play in Spain,” Mountaineer associate head coach Lisa Stoia said. “We saw a quality opponent, and they did a good job of capitalizing on our mistakes. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish our chances today. We did a good job of possessing, and we were able to generate a few opportunities, but at the end of the day, you have to finish your chances and we could not.”

Zaragoza tallied the game winner in the 78th minute. A forward snuck behind sophomore Michelle Newhouse after the goalkeeper left the line to challenge a service from the right and sent her undefended shot toward the left post.
The home squad pushed its lead to two goals just three minutes later when Zaragoza converted on a shot over Newhouse and defender Bianca St. Georges.

The third goal came in the final seconds of the match. Newhouse met the opponent at the left post, but the header had enough height to slip over her arms and toward the far post.

Zaragoza finished with a 3-2 advantage in shots on-goal. Both teams earned two corner kicks in the first half.

Much of the first 10 minutes of the match was played between the 18s. WVU had the first opportunity in the 11th minute, as a free kick was played out to freshman defender Hannah Abraham on the right wing. She was able send a great lead pass into freshman midfielder Patricia Fernandez, but the Zaragoza goalkeeper timed her challenge and stopped the chance.

Zaragoza responded with the first corner of the game two minutes later, but Newhouse easily caught the floating shot at the post.

Abraham nearly connected on a long free kick in the 19th minute, but the Zaragoza goalkeeper met the ball at the near, upper right corner.

Fernandez had a second quality look in the 27th minute. After receiving the ball from sophomore midfielder Carla Portillo near the top of the box, she took a dribble before sending a low shot toward the net, but it went just wide of the right post.
Sophomore forward Michaela Abam had WVU’s best chances in the second half.
Good possession led to the first opportunity in the 54th minute. Sophomore forward Heather Kaleiohi initiated the play, bringing the ball up toward the baseline before sending it into freshman forward Nia Gordon, who then left it for Abam near the penalty line after two touches. Abam immediately took a hard shot, but it scraped the near right post before going out of play.

Down 2-0 with 10 minutes to play, Abam again earned a clean look at the net, but her shot from 15 out went directly into the goalkeeper’s hands.

Following a tour of Camp Nou on Wednesday afternoon, the Mountaineers will fly to Paris for the reminder of their tour. The team’s next match is Thursday, May 12, against Paris Satin Germain FC at 4:30 p.m. local time.

“We have really enjoyed the last three days in Spain, and we’re excited about the stadium tour tomorrow,” Stoia added. “Then, it’s off to Paris for new sights and new challenges.” 

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