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.”
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.
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.”