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Posted Aug 31, 2009


Sophomore women’s soccer player Blake Miller has been named the West Virginia University Athlete of the Week for her one-goal, one-assist night in leading the Mountaineers past No. 5 Penn State on Aug. 29.

Miller attempted a team high four shots in only 59 minutes. The forward’s goal in the 58th minute against two-time All-American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of Penn State was the game-winner - the first of the season for Miller and seventh of her career. The one-goal, one-assist effort was the second of her career and the Mountaineers are 10-0-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal in a match. For her efforts, Miller also was named the Big East Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Special Notes of the Week

  • WVU’s men’s soccer, cross country and tennis teams all open their seasons this weekend.

  • The women’s soccer team’s victory over No. 5 PSU is its highest win over a ranked opponent in program history.

  • The Mountaineer volleyball team opened its season strong, winning two of its first three matches and finishing second at the WVU Classic.


    This Week in Men’s Soccer

    The Mountaineers officially open the 2009 campaign on Friday, Sept. 4 … WVU will play host to UC-Santa Barbara, ranked 16th in the NSCAA and Soccer America preseason polls, at 8 p.m. … it will be the first match for the Mountaineers in the annual WVU/NIKE Classic, presented by Jerseys Subs … WVU will play its second and final contest of the Classic on Sunday, Sept. 6, against Buffalo … the 4 p.m. match will be televised by West Virginia PBS.

    Last Week in Men’s Soccer

    WVU went 1-0-1 in exhibition play … the Mountaineers blanked Virginia, 2-0, on Aug. 29 … sophomore Alex Silva scored the first goal on a penalty kick … senior Gift Maworere tacked on an insurance goal on a header inside the box … WVU tied Michigan, 1-1, on Aug. 23 … Silva scored the lone Mountaineer goal on a penalty kick.

    Notes and Quotes

    Five freshmen and two sophomores started the match at Virginia … redshirt-junior goalkeeper Zach Johnson allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of play (two exhibitions) … sophomore Raymon Gaddis earned an assist in the Virginia match … WVU played in front of 2,564 fans at Virginia … three freshmen Mountaineers started the Michigan match.


    This Week in Cross Country

    WVU is set to begin the 2009 season with a trip to Maryland-Eastern Shore, in Princess Anne, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 5, for a 10 a.m. race.

    Last Week in Cross Country

    The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU opens the 2009 season with high hopes after a record-breaking year in 2008 … the Mountaineers return several top runners, including All-Americans Keri Bland and Marie-Louis Asselin … last season the Mountaineers finished fourth at the NCAA Championship for their highest-ever finish in school history, while Bland and Asselin raced to their second straight All-American honors.


    This Week in Women’s Soccer:

    WVU returns to action on Monday, Aug. 31, at noon, in game two of the Penn State Invitational against BYU … WVU returns home for a pair of matches this week at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium … West Virginia plays host to Duquesne on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. … WVU battles Boston U. on Sunday, Sept. 6, for a 1:30 p.m. match.

    Last Week in Women’s Soccer

    The 14th-ranked Mountaineers stunned No. 5 Penn State, 2-1, Saturday evening to mark WVU’s highest ranked opponent defeated in school history … the Mountaineers previously beat No. 6 Penn State, 1-0, in the 2007 NCAA tournament ... with the score tied at 1-1, WVU regained the lead in the 58th minute on a goal from sophomore Blake Miller … WVU struck first in the 12th minute on a goal from junior Megan Mischler – the first of the season for the Mountaineers – to put the Mountaineers up 1-0 … Penn State tied the match at 1-1 in the 38th minute on a shot from Katie Schoepfer … the Nittany Lions’ goal snapped a scoreless streak of 243 minutes against the Mountaineers, dating back to 2006 (four matches) … WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler was excellent in goal, making five saves – one short of her career high … WVU totaled 12 shots and one corner kick while Penn State attempted 14 shots and one corner kick.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU has won four straight over the Nittany Lions, all by one goal margins, and are 3-1 all-time at PSU’s Jeffrey Field ... WVU is 10-0-1 all-time when Miller scores a goal in a match.


    This Week in Tennis

    WVU opens its 2009 fall season this weekend, as it hosts the seventh annual Martha Thorn Invitational at the WVU Tennis Courts ... action begins Sunday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m., and continues through Monday, Sept. 7.

    Last Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers were idle last week.

    Notes and Quotes

    WVU is set to open its fourth year with coach Marc Walters … this weekend’s tournament is named after 27-year WVU tennis coach Martha Thorn … WVU finished the 2009 spring season at 9-17, including a 4-5 mark in the Big East Conference, and made its fifth-straight appearance at the conference championship ... senior Stephanie LaFortune and redshirt-junior Monique Burton earned a 16-7 doubles record last season ... for their efforts, they each won the Jane Little Award ... sophomore Veronica Cardenas returns for her second season after earning 30 wins as a rookie, the only Mountaineer to reach the plateau last year.


    This Week in Volleyball

    WVU is set to travel to Denver, Colo., for the Denver Invitational … the Mountaineers open against Eastern Illinois on Friday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. EST, followed by a 7 p.m. EST match against Air Force … tournament play ends on Saturday with a 5 p.m. EST match against Southern Utah and a 9:30 p.m. EST match against host Denver.

    Last Week in Volleyball

    The Mountaineers started the 2009 season with a 2-1 record and a second-place showing at the WVU Classic … the Mountaineers fell to Oakland on Aug. 28 in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-23) match … then on Aug. 29, the Mountaineers bounced back to defeat Towson 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-23) and Saint Francis (Pa.) 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-17).

    Notes and Quotes

    Senior right side hitter Abby Raines and junior middle blocker Abby Norman led the team over the weekend and were awarded with all-tournament team honors for their efforts … Raines paced WVU with 33 kills, 33 digs and two double-doubles, while Norman posted 23 kills and nine total blocks … sophomore Kari Post led with 95 assists and 28 digs, while junior libero Bonnie West recorded 33 digs.


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