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Mountaineers Victorious in Tour Finale

May 13, 2016

PARIS – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team concluded the competition portion its 2016 European Tour with a 4-3 victory against VGA Saint-Maur this evening.

Facing one of the most competitive teams of the week, the Mountaineers finished with a 10-6 edge in shots on-goal and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

“We’ve played four games in five days, and it was awesome for us to finish the week with a victory,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “There were so many lessons for us this week. This group learned and grew as a team, and this experience will help us as we begin the preparation for the 2016 season.”

The Mountaineers secured their third win of the week on a great individual effort in the 67th minute, as sophomore midfielder Carla Portillo curved a free kick from 20-yards out toward the near left post.
The home team took an early lead in the seventh minute, transitioning up field before finding a striker on the left wing. She earned a clean look at the net and sent a shot from 15-yards out to the far right post behind sophomore Michelle Newhouse’s outstretched hands.
The Mountaineers evened the score just five minutes later as the team took advantage of one of its best transitions of the week. With the ball at midfield, sophomore forward Heather Kaleiohi sent a through ball to classmate Michaela Abam, who immediately sent it in to a streaking Patricia Fernandez. The freshman midfielder one-touched her shot from eight out to the left corner.
A failed clearance by VGA Saint-Maur in the 15th minute nearly gave WVU a one-goal advantage. Freshman forward Nia Gordon pounced on the ball near the penalty line, but her immediate shot to the left corner was met by the diving goalie.  

Newhouse responded with her own timely save in the 28th minute, as she met a VGA Saint-Maur shot right at the crossbar and tipped it out of play.

Ten minutes later, the Mountaineers connected on their first penalty kick of the week, as sophomore forward Amandine Pierre-Louis made good on her chance in the 38th minute.

The home team wasted little time erasing WVU’s lead in the second half, as a VGA Saint-Maur forward intercepted a clearance near midfield in the 51st minute and quickly took a shot from 40-yards out that floated high over Newhouse’s head.

The Mountaineers wrestled back their advantage for good in the 55th minute. Portillo worked the ball up the left side through traffic before sending a through ball to Gordon, who met it in stride and sent her low shot toward the near left corner for her second goal in as many games.

The team nearly netted the winning goal three minutes later. Pierre-Louis sent a cross to Kaleiohi, who worked her way around a defender and sent a shot in from 15-yards out, but the ball bounced off the post for a Mountaineer corner kick.

Gordon had her own chance in the 65th minute, but her low shot past the challenging goalkeeper was cleaned off the line by a VGA Saint-Maur defender.

The home squad provided a bit of suspense near the end of the match, as the team worked the ball into the box and scored on a high shot in front of the net in the 43rd minute.

Newhouse finished with three saves.

Tonight’s match concludes the Mountaineers’ spring season. The team will continue its stay in Paris through the weekend.

“The team is looking forward to continuing its tour of Paris these last two days,” Izzo-Brown concluded. “This has been a great cultural experience for us all, and we love learning and seeing just how beautiful Paris is.” 

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