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July 16, 2014

Three Mountaineers named to Canadian Women’s U-20 National Team

MORGANTOWN — Three members of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team were named to the Canadian Women’s Under-20 National Team roster for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada at a media event in Toronto, Ontario.

Sophomores Kadeisha Buchanan (defender) and Ashley Lawrence (midfielder), and freshman Amandine Pierre-Louis (forward) will represent the Mountaineers at the tournament, set for Aug. 5-24 at various Canadian stadiums.

“This is such a huge honor for this trio and reflects the hard work, focus and sacrifice each of these ladies has put forth throughout the year,” said WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I am excited and proud that we will have three Mountaineers competing and representing WVU at such a high level.”

In total, 21 athletes were named to the roster. Buchanan and Lawrence are among the standouts, as the duo has seen action on the Canadian Women’s National Team over the past year.

Buchanan, the 2013 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, will anchor the backline. The Brampton, Ontario, native splashed onto the international scene this summer and is building on the excitement of her first international goal, scored in the Canadian Women’s National Team’s 1-1 draw against the United States on May 8.

Canada is playing in Group A and will open the competition in Toronto with a match against Ghana on Aug. 5 and with Finland on Aug. 8. The team will conclude the group stage on Aug. 12 against Korea DPR in Montreal.

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West Virginia University’s football game at Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 13 will be televised by the Big Ten Network and will kick at noon, the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday.

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Two West Virginia University soccer home matches will be featured on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) TV College Soccer Showcase Series this fall.

NSCAATV.com will carry the WVU men’s soccer match against Virginia Tech on Sept. 4 and the women’s soccer match against Texas Tech on Oct. 10. Both matches will kick at 7 p.m. ET from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

“We are looking forward to playing host to Virginia Tech in the National Game of the Week series from the NSCAA,” said men’s coach Marlon LeBlanc. “This is a great opportunity for us to represent West Virginia and showcase our program to a national audience.”

“We’re thrilled to be presented with this exciting opportunity, and we look forward to showcasing our program to a national audience,” women’s coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “WVU women’s soccer will be viewed in many homes across the country that night.”

The men’s match against VT will be the 11th all-time against the Hokies and the first since 2004. VT holds a 7-3 series advantage, but the series is tied 3-3 when the game is held in Morgantown.

Of note, the men’s match at Akron on Oct. 17 also will be streamed on NSCAATV.com. The Mid-American Conference foes will kick at 7 p.m. from FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.

The women’s match against the Red Raiders will be the official home Big 12 Conference opener for the Mountaineers, the two-time defending conference regular-season champions and the 2013 Big 12 Soccer Tournament champions. The teams are 1-1 all-time. WVU secured its first-ever Big 12 victory with a 3-2 win over TTU at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Sept. 21, 2012, and suffered its first Big 12 regular-season loss with a 2-0 defeat in Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 27, 2013.

The women’s team opens its 2014 season with an exhibition at Rutgers on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The men’s team opens with an exhibition at Ohio State on Sunday, Aug. 17.

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