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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.