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November 20, 2010

WVU soccer tourney run comes to end

NEWTON, Mass. — The No. 7 West Virginia women’s soccer team saw its season end Friday in a 4-0 loss against No. 16 Boston College in NCAA championship play at Newton Campus Soccer Field in Newton, Mass.

The Mountaineers had their school record 14-match win streak end, giving WVU a final record of 18-5-1. The 18 victories tie the 2002 and 2007 teams for most wins in program history.

“You have to credit Boston College for putting the ball in the back of the net,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “How they move the ball, and their speed of play is fantastic. They are a great team and one I believe will keep on playing in this tournament.”

Boston College netted two first half goals and never looked back. The Eagles move to 16-6-1 on the season to advance to their second straight NCAA Elite Eight. BC awaits the winner of tomorrow’s UC Irvine-Washington contest.

WVU forward Blake Miller nearly put the Mountaineers on the board in the 43rd minute. Miller took a touch inside the box and drove a ball towards the near post that was deflected down by the hand of an Eagle defender with no call made.

The Mountaineers played 80 minutes without starting center back Drea Barklage, while midfielder Caroline Szwed was also limited in the second half, both to hamstring injuries.

BC forward Brooke Knowlton tallied two goals, one in each half to pace the Eagles offense. Boston College finished with a 16-5 shot advantage and 4-3 corner kick edge.

WVU Goalkeeper Kerri Butler worked all 90 minutes, making five saves on the night.

West Virginia was kept off the scoreboard for only the sixth time in the program’s 23 NCAA matches.

“Only one team can end its season with a win, and unfortunately it’s not going to be us,” added Izzo-Brown. “”t hurts right now but if we take a step back, this team accomplished a lot. We won a (Big East) championship and strung together 18 wins. It’s a special team and I’m proud of every one of them.”

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