Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.
- The seventh-ranked West Virginia womens soccer team used a multi-goal night from sophomore Bri Rodriguez and a school record 14th shutout from its defense to down visiting Morehead State, 1-0, Friday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The NCAA first round victory extends WVUs winning streak to 13 matches - the second longest in the nation.

Bri was outstanding tonight,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. The first goal was top notch. It doesnt get much prettier than that.

Her game has grown so much from just a year ago and she is doing a lot for us offensively. She deserves a lot of credit for becoming more of a threat than we have asked her to be.”

Rodriguez, an Aurora, Ill., native put the Mountaineers on the board in the 35th minute on a beautiful play started by forward Blake Miller. Miller took the ball at midfield and nutmegged a pair of Eagle defenders, the second one a service into the middle. Rodriguez took two touches to her right and drove a hard liner inside the upper left corner to make it 1-0.

Less than eight minutes later, the first team all-BIG EAST midfielder scored her seventh goal of the season at the 41:57 mark. Miller played a ball into the middle of the box where Rodrigeuz settled it, started one way and cut a defender, slotting a shot on the ground and inside the right post to make it 2-0.

The multi-goal night was the first of Rodriguezs career and the fifth assist in the last three matches for Miller.

Not to be outdone, WVUs back line of Bry McCarthy, Erica Henderson, Meghan Lewis, Drea Barklage and Chelsey Corroto came up big again, holding Morehead State to four shots on-goal and only two corner kicks.

Goalkeeper Kerri Butler worked all 90 minutes in making four saves and earning her 44th career shutout.

The teams 14 shutouts surpassed the previous record of 13, set in each of the past four seasons.

Special teams do special things,” said Izzo-Brown. And for this team to get to 14 definitely makes me feel good because of how hard they have worked. Its exciting to finally get to 14 and to put that in the record books, and kind of move forward.”

West Virginia has allowed only one goal in the last 673 minutes.

A crowd of 1,688 attended tonights contest - the second largest crowd for a womens soccer game at Dick Dlesk.

I cant describe how much in words I appreciate what the fans did tonight,” said Izzo-Brown. The support they provided tonight was awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Mountaineer forward Megan Mischler led all players with a game-high five shots as WVU outshot MSU, 21-8, and held a 9-2 corner kick advantage.

Morehead State (13-7-1) was paced by forward Erin Adams four shots and goalkeeper Lily Meisner made seven saves in 90 minutes of work.

West Virginia (17-4-1) advances to the NCAA second round for the eighth time in 11 seasons and are 6-3 in its last nine NCAA tournament matches.