FORT WORTH, Texas — The West Virginia women’s soccer team jumped on top of No. 21 TCU early and never looked back, steamrolling to a 2-0 victory this afternoon at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.
For the second straight match, the Mountaineers (6-2-3, 2-0) handed a ranked opponent its first home loss of the season.
WVU’s offensive attack proved to be just too much for the Horned Frogs. The Mountaineers outshot TCU 16-5 (seven shots on goal to just one) and had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior forward Sh’Nia Gordon put WVU ahead in the first minute of the match — the game-winning goal was her second in three matches and 19th goal of her career. Sophomore midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute for her team-best fifth goal of the season.
“With the quick turnaround and being on the road, our team showed huge character,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “We had every reason not to win this game. TCU is a tough team. For us to come in here and walk away with a 2-0 victory speaks a lot about this team’s character.”
The Mountaineers’ clean sheet was their fourth straight and sixth of the season. Junior Rylee Foster moves into fourth place on the program’s all-time list with 25 career shutouts. TCU goalkeeper Emily Alvarado recorded six saves in the loss.
“Our defense has found its rhythm. It’s a total team effort, and you defend as a unit, and this unit wanted to come out, play tight and eliminate shots,” Izzo-Brown added. “We only gave up one shot on-goal to two top-25 teams, and that’s incredible.”
WVU returns to Morgantown to begin a three-match homestand against Kansas State at 7p.m. on Friday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.