Women’s football appears to continue winning streak against rival West Liberty
Wheeling, W.Va- The Wheeling University women’s soccer team defeated Alderson Broaddus last Sunday, improving the team’s record to 2-2 in MEC Conference games and to 3-3 overall . It was the first time Wheeling has beaten the Battlers since September 2008. After beating Notre Dame College and Alderson Broaddus, Wheeling is on the road, chasing a third straight win Wednesday night at 5 p.m., against West Liberty University. .
Before Sunday’s game, Alderson Broaddus had won the previous five meetings. A quick start and resilience in overtime proved enough to end the losing streak. After a 2-0 start, Wheeling finished the game with a 3-2 victory.
During the first 20 minutes of the game, Senior Kenadee Burgoyne took a pass from Braedynn Porter to put the cardinals 1-0. As half-time began to come to an end, the Cardinals struck again, this time with a goal of Rilei Levesque in the 43rd minute. After taking an early 2-0 lead, Alderson Broaddus came back with two goals in the second half. Battlers defenseman Diana Forero netted both goals for her team. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of the 90 minutes. The 93rd minute gave Wheeling the victory as Porter scored his third goal of the season and eighth of his career. With the win in overtime, the Wheeling Cardinals managed to snag an important conference victory.
The victory took Wheeling from fourth place in MEC’s North Division to third. Now just half a game away from their next opponent, West Liberty University, the Cardinals aim to move up the rankings again. A win over West Liberty would put the team just behind North Division leader Frostburg State University who is currently 4-2-1 (3-1-1).
The 24-minute drive from school to school created a rivalry between Wheeling University and West Liberty. This time around, the stakes are even higher as the two schools battle for second place in the division standings. Since the rivalry began in 2012, West Liberty has secured the best of the Cardinals with an overall record of 12-4 against them.
The last time these schools met was in April, in the spring. West Liberty beat the Cardinals 3-0. Wheeling had the opportunity to score with a ball hitting the goal post in the 87th minute, but the last second effort was not enough in the loss. Wheeling University is hoping to change fortunes this time around and claim their fourth win of the season.
The Wheeling University women’s football team hits the road Wednesday to face West Liberty at 5 p.m. ET. You can watch the match by clicking HERE and follow Live States by clicking on HERE.