Irish women's soccer loses in Big East Finals

In front of a stadium season-high crowd of more than 1,200 the West Virginia women’s soccer team (15-4-2) tied Notre Dame (15-4-2) by the score of 1-1 in double overtime of the championship of the BIG EAST women’s soccer tournament. WVU won the title with a 5-3 decision on penalty kicks. The championship was held at WVU’s Dick Dlesk Stadium.

The Irish jumped on score board first with a tally 13:25 into the first half. Junior Kerri Hanks netted home her team-leading 13th score of the year as she pushed a shot over the head of WVU sophomore goalkeeper Mallory Beck. ND sophomore Courtney Rosen picked up an assist on the play, her third of the year.

WVU had an excellent opportunity with 15:00 left in the first half coming off a corner kick. Senior Kim Bonilla served up a nice ball into the right side of the box and sophomore Carolyn Blank headed it toward the net. The shot ricocheted off the cross bar and was cleared away by the ND defense.

The Mountaineers had another set another set play with less than seven minutes in the first half and converted with score. Senior Kiley Harris headed in a low rebound into the net for her fourth goal of the year. Blank and Bonilla picked up assists on the play. It was just the 12th first-half goal for the Mountaineers who had notched 70 percent of their goals (28 of 40) in the second half.

It was the first overtime match in the BIG EAST Championship title game since 2003. Villanova and Boston College were tied 1-1 and following two scoreless sessions, the Wildcats advanced 7-6 on PKs.


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