October 31, 2011
Hall women eliminated from Big East, 5-0
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Ė The Seton Hall University women saw their run in the Big East Tournament come to an end with a 5-0 loss at No. 13 West Virginia University at Dick Dlesk Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates, making the sixth appearance in the tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over St. Johnís in the first round. They finished the year with a 9-8-3 record, marking the most wins for the team since the 1999 season when they posted an 11-9 slate and advanced to the Big East semifinals.
West Virginia led Seton Hall 2-0 at the half after getting off to a hot start offensively. Bri Rodriguez scored the first goal of the game for West Virginia in the ninth minute. Frances Silva sent in a pass from the right side to Rodriguez who pushed a low shot past junior goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) for her third tally of the season.
The Mountaineers scored again 13 minutes later. This time Kate Schwindel streaked down the left side of the field and made it down to the endline before crossing a ball into the box. Schwindelís pass was deflected back to the left side where Blake Miller corralled it to score from 10 yards out.
Seton Hall controlled the action over the final 15 minutes of the first half but the Pirates were unable to come away with a score. Senior Taylor Wilson took two of Seton Hallís three shots on net in the opening half and Pettigrew made two saves.
Neither team had an abundant number of quality scoring opportunities to start the second haf, but West Virginia broke through for its third goal in the 66th minute, finishing off a deflection off a corner kick opportunity. The Mountaineers went on to add two more goals over a span of just 45 seconds, with Emily Dillon and Katie Lenz both picking up a goal in the 77th minute.
West Virginia finished with a 21-12 advantage in shots and a 10-3 edge in shots on goal, keeping the Pirates from taking a shot on net in the second half. The Mountaineers also led corner kick opportunities 7-2.