West Virginia Women's Soccer 2014 NCAA Tournament Capsule

West Virginia Mountaineers
Big 12


The beat goes on for the West Virginia women’s soccer team. They continue to dominate the Big 12 Conference and they once again won the regular season championship. The Mountaineers started a little slow, but once they formed their chemistry within their attack and along the backline, they have not looked back.

2014 Record: 16-2-3, 7-0-1
Coach: Nikki Izzo-Brown

Good Results: 10/10 Texas Tech (4-2), 10/19 at Kansas (2-0)
Bad Results: 8/29 Duke (0-2), 9/26 at TCU (0-0)

Why They Can Surprise:
West Virginia is peaking at the right time and they have the right amount of balance within their attack to be very difficult for opponents to completely shut down. Twelve different players have scored at least one goal for the Mountaineers this season led by the trio of junior forward Kailey Utley, senior forward Kate Schwindel and freshman midfielder/forward Michaela Abam. Defensively, West Virginia has one of the top defenders in the country in sophomore Kadeisha Buchanan and she, along with junior goalkeeper Hannah Steadman, have led a tremendous run defensively for the Mountaineers. This balanced mix has a lot of the necessary ingredients for a deep NCAA Tournament run.

Why They Can Disappoint:
If teams can be ultra-efficient with their limited shots on goal, then West Virginia could potentially have some issues in the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers have done a great job in limiting the amount of shots by teams all season long. However, they have allowed a little too high of a percentage in regard to shots on frame by their opponents. In a postseason season tournament scenario where fewer shots are available to be had, this is something to keep an eye on for the West Virginia side.

Key Strikers:
Kate Schwindel, Senior, 7 goals, 1 assist
Kailey Utley, Junior, 5 goals, 5 assists
Kelsie Maloney, Junior, 3 goals, 4 assists

Key Midfielders:
Michaela Abam, Freshman, 8 goals, 0 assists
Cari Price, Junior, 1 goal, 3 assists
Carla Portillo, Freshman, 0 goals, 2 assists
Ashley Lawrence, Sophomore, 4 goals, 7 assists
Key Defenders:
Kadiesha Buchanan, Sophomore, 3 goals, 2 assists

Key Goalkeepers:
Hannah Steadman, Junior, 0.71 goals against average, .754 save percentage, 10 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 2.39 (20th in nation, 1st in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.753 (42, 3)
Shutout Percentage: .500 (44, 1)
Save Percentage:  .731 (245, 9)

Recent Postseason Appearances:
2013    First Round    Defeated Rutgers
2013    Second Round    Lost to Virginia Tech
2012    First Round    Lost to Princeton
2011    First Round    Lost to Virginia Tech
2010    First Round    Defeated Morehead State
2010    Second Round    Defeated Penn State
2010    Third Round    Lost to Boston College
2009    First Round    Defeated Loyola (MD)
2009    Second Round    Lost to Wake Forest
2008    First Round    Defeated Princeton
2008    Second Round    Lost to Virginia
2007    First Round    Defeated Navy
2007    Second Round    Defeated James Madison
2007    Third Round    Defeated Penn State
2007    Quarterfinals    Lost to USC

*all team stats through 11/2


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