Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of West Virginia Athletics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A pair of Mountaineer defenders scored goals in leading seventh-ranked West Virginia past Penn State, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.. Juniors Drea Barklage and Meghan Lewis netted first half goals in NCAA Championship second round action, advancing the Mountaineers into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2007.

West Virginia opened strong out of the gates, controlling much of the action for the majority of the first half. WVU struck first in the 15th minute off a header from Barklage following WVU's first corner kick of the match.

Less than three minutes later, West Virginia doubled its score as Lewis knocked in a shot from 15 yards out, dinging the left post and finding the back of the net.

Penn State countered with a goal at the 34:16 mark on a through ball up the middle to forward Danielle Toney. Toney took one touch and beat goalkeeper Kerri Butler to make it 2-1.

The Nittany Lions pressured the WVU defense the entire second half but could not capitalize on their scoring chances.

The win moves West Virginia to 18-4-1, tying the school record for most wins in a season. The Mountaineers have won 14 consecutive matches, the second longest in the nation - trailing only Stanford.

Penn State ends its season at 11-9-1.

PSU out-shot West Virginia 17-8, including a 10-2 margin in the second half.