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.”
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.
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.
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.”