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WVU Soccer Teams Rise in National Rankings

WVU’s women’s and men’s soccer teams were rewarded for good performances this weekend.

A packed house watched the top-ranked WVU women’s soccer team open the 2017 season.
Geoff Coyle

The WVU soccer teams find themselves climbing the polls in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll. The women’s team moved up three spots to No. 3 and the men’s team, after forcing their way in last week, find themselves at No. 14.

Nikki Izzo-Brown’s squad knocked off former No. 1 Penn State, 2-1, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, on Saturday. Sh’nia Gordon’s volley gave the Mountaineers the breakthrough, but Lauren Segalla slotted home the eventual game-winner 37 minutes in. The Mountaineers followed that with a 2-0 home win over Wright State on Monday.

Marlon LeBlanc’s campaign to pack DDSS for Friday night’s WVU men’s soccer game against Wright State worked on both fronts. The Mountaineers overpowered the Raiders 4-1 with two goals from Jad Arslan, who has four on the season, and more than $1,200 was raised for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. WVU then tied Monmouth, 0-0, on Monday, in Morgantown.

This week, WVU women’s soccer hosts Duke on Friday, September 8, at 7 p.m., and Richmond on Sunday, September 10, at 1 p.m. The men’s soccer team will host UCF on Saturday, September 9, at 7 p.m.