The ladies continue to hold sway in our program rankings at West Virginia, as the women's soccer program nabs the number two position in our serioes of program evaluations at WVU. Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown's team continues the run of women's programs in positions four, three and two, which also included cross country and basketball.
As with women's hoops, the only missing piece of the resume is a deep NCAA tournament run, but in the eyes of our evaluators, consistent longer term success and no off years elevated the women's soccer program above its sister programs in hoops and cross country.
Greg Hunter: (2nd) Nikki Izzo-Brown has built a powerhouse at West Virginia, leading the Mountaineer women’s soccer program from its birth in 1996 to its current run of 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances. WVU won its second straight Big 12 Conference regular season title this past season and capped it off this year with a league tournament crown as well. The only thing lacking from West Virginia’s women’s soccer resume is a run to the Final Four, as WVU has made it to the Sweet 16 three times (2003, 2007 and 2010) and Elite Eight once (2007), but it has never punched through to the national semifinals.
Matt Keller: (2nd) The women’s soccer team, with consecutive Big 12 regular and postseason tournament championships and a string of NCAA appearances dating to 2000, easily sits in the upper echelon of WVU programs.
Michael Carvelli: (2nd) While a lot of WVU’s programs have had some struggles carrying successes from the Big East Conference over to the Big 12, the women’s soccer program has thrived. Not only has Nikki Izzo-Brown’s team become one of the best in the conference, it is working its way to becoming one of the elite women’s soccer programs in the nation and consistently has the talent to match that distinction. Two current Mountaineers, Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence, have earned spots on the Canadian women’s national team. With the facilities they have and the track record of success in recent years, there’s no reason to think things will be going downhill any time soon for the Mountaineers.
Kevin Kinder: (2nd) Were it not for the national juggernaut that will obviously hold down the #1 spot, the women's soccer program would likely be the best on campus. While our emphasis in this exercise has been on recent accomplishments, the build from new program to national power has been a blueprint for the development of a team from day one.
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