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Mountaineers Win Tour Opener

May 9, 2016

BARCELONA – The West Virginia University women’s soccer team opened its 2016 European Tour with a 2-0 victory over Europa FC tonight, at Nou Sardenya.

The Mountaineers scored a goal each half and held the host team to just three second-half shots on-goal. Sophomore Michelle Newhouse played all 90 minutes and earned the shutout.

“Tonight’s match was a successful game for the team, especially coming off a long stretch of travel,” assistant coach Marisa Kanela said. “We beat a good team tonight and capitalized on two good chances. We’re continuing to build.”

Freshman midfielder Laurel Carpenter tallied the game-winning score in the 40th minute, connecting on a cross from classmate Nia Gordon and burying her clean look from the penalty line past the far left post.
The Mountaineers padded their lead in the 78th minute, as a miscue from Europa FC’s goalkeeper off a hard shot from sophomore forward Michaela Abam resulted in the team’s insurance goal.

WVU finished with a 9-3 advantage in shots on-goal and also earned an 11-1 edge in corner kicks. The Mountaineer defense drew Europa FC offside four times.

Sophomore forward Heather Kaleiohi earned the game’s first quality look in the sixth minute, but her shot from the penalty line was saved at the left post. She followed the chance with a great service into senior Ashley Woolpert in the 26th minute, but the defender’s shot in front of the net was caught for a save.

Newhouse made her first save of the game just four minutes into the second half, punching out a Europa FC shot at the left post. The home team could not connect on the awarded corner kick.

The Mountaineers earned a great chance in the 65th minute, as freshman midfielder Patricia Fernandez found Abam in stride, but the Houston native’s immediate shot around her defender was saved at the right post.

Newhouse’s third save of the game came in the 76th minute, as she easily snatched a Europa FC flick inside the goal box.

Today’s match followed an extensive tour of Barcelona. Included in the Mountaineers’ sights were the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Stadium and The Sagrada Familia.

“We did a lot of touring throughout the great city of Barcelona today, and we really enjoyed ourselves,” Kanela added. “We’re looking forward to another match tomorrow. The team is enjoying its international experience, and we’re excited about the rest of our trip.”

The Mountaineers will travel inland to Zaragoza on Tuesday. Following a tour of the old town, WVU will face CD Transporte Alcaines.

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