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Mountaineers Tally Three Goals in Win

May 12, 2016

PARIS – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned a 3-0 victory over Paris Saint Germain FC this afternoon.

A goal from freshman forward Nia Gordon nine minutes into the match was all the Mountaineers needed to move past the host team. Sophomore Heather Kaleiohi tacked on two scores in the final 15 minutes to push WVU to its highest goal total of its 2016 European Tour.

“Today was a great day, especially coming off another long day of travel,” WVU assistant coach Marisa Kanela said. “This was a solid outcome for the girls and was nice to see after a few days of work here in Europe. Earning three goals was especially great.”

Kaleiohi finished the match with five points, as she assisted on Gordon’s game-winner. The San Diego, California, native received the ball past midfield from sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Newhouse. After dribbling to the left corner, she sent a cross to a streaking Gordon, who buried her start to the far right post.
Kaleiohi pushed the Mountaineers’ lead to two goals in the 75th minute, drilling a shot from the top of the penalty kick line over the PSG FC goalkeeper. Freshman Easther Mayi Kith tallied the assist, sending a through ball to Kaleiohi.

The Mountaineers’ final goal came in the game’s last few seconds and off a WVU corner kick. Kaleiohi took the initial pass toward the right wing and banked her shot off the near post and into the net.

WVU finished with a 4-0 edge in shots on-goal, while PSG FC earned a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Both teams failed to earn a quality look following Gordon’s goal until the 34th minute, when a Mountaineer free kick from 25-yards out resulted in a clean look by sophomore forward Amandine Pierre-Louis, but the ball curved over the right upper corner.

The host team nearly cut WVU’s advantage in half in the 52nd minute. PSG FC got the ball quickly to the right post, but the waiting player sent her shot wide of the near post.

Kaleiohi nearly sparked her scoring streak in the 30th minute, but after beating her defender to the penalty line, her shot went wide right.

Today’s match followed an exciting bus and walking tour of Paris. The Mountaineers visited several historical monuments, including the Eiffel Tour.

“The whole group has really enjoyed its time learning new cultures,” Kanela said. “We are looking forward to finishing off our spring stretch with a strong showing tomorrow.”

WVU closes out its competition portion of the tour tomorrow night against Ligue 1 club Vie Au Grand Air Saint-Maur des Fosses at 7:30 p.m. local time. 

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