The Mountaineers determined the pace of the game in the first half. West Virginia broke the shutout in the 31st minute off of a corner kick. Freshman goalkeeper Emily Alvarado made a diving save on a ball that ricocheted out of play setting up the corner kick. West Virginia’s defender Bianca St. Georges’ cross was played perfectly to midfielder Alli Magaletta who headed in the first goal of the match.
The Frogs were able to gain momentum in the late stages of the half as the girls tried to even the match. Freshman midfielder Yazmeen Ryan had quality runs down the field and was able to fire a shot from distance that barely went wide of the goal.
The Frogs carried their momentum from the end of the half into the second half, coming out with a spark. The best chance in the half came in the early stages off a corner kick. The cross found junior forward McKenzie Oliver at the top of the penalty box, but her shot sailed high over the goal.
Head coach Eric Bell was proud of the momentum the team brought out in the second half, but disappointed that the team couldn’t continue their strong play over the entire match.
From that point, West Virginia returned to their play early in the match, dominating the action. The Mountaineers were able to net an insurance goalie the 71st minute off a penalty kick. Forward Michaela Abam’s shot glazed the inside of the post and found the back of the net to give the Mountaineers a two goal lead.
Following the match, Bell praised West Virginia’s quality play, but also demanded to see more effort from his team.
“I credit West Virginia,” Bell said. “They did a good job. We didn’t bring our best effort. Against a team like them, we have to bring our A-game to give ourselves a chance to win. We took a couple steps back and that’s the result we get.”
The Frogs were outshot for the fifth time this season; they allowed a second half goal for just the second time this season. The loss marked just the third time the Frogs have been blanked on the scoreboard this year.
The Frogs fall to 11-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in Big 12 play following the loss to the Mountaineers. The Frogs will conclude the regular season Friday night when they host the visiting Baylor Bears at Garvey-Rosenthal. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.