West Virginia Wins BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship 1-0 Over USF


West Virginia junior Meghan Lewis scored the gamewinner with less than nine minutes left in regulation to lead the No. 22/16 Mountaineers past USF 1-0 in the title game of the BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship. It is the second BIG EAST women's soccer title for West Virginia who also claimed the crown in 2007. Lewis was named to the all-tournament team and earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors for her performance. West Virginia senior goalkeeper Kerri Butler was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player collecting three saves and earning a shutout in net.
Following a scoreless first-half in which the teams combined for one shot on-goal, the offensive play heated up over the final 45 minutes. Both squads peppered the goal with impressive attempts.

Lewis, who earlier in the game was injured by an inadvertent forearm to the face and had to leave the contest during the first half, accounted for the goal during the second half. A corner kick by the Mountaineers put the ball in the middle of the box and junior Blake Miller headed it to the ground. Lewis then blasted it home from about 12-yards out sending the crowd into a frenzy and just 8:08 left on the clock.

USF finished with three shots on goal, while WVU had five. USF goalkeeper Nicole McClure had four saves for the Bulls.

West Virginia also earned the inaugural Champions Cup with the victory.

USF will wait to see if it earns a berth to the NCAA Championship with the Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m., ET on ESPNU. Last year the BIG EAST had seven teams in the NCAA Championship, one shy of the league record eight set in 2001.
All-Tournament Team
Elise Fugowski, Connecticut
Taylor Madigan, Marquette
Rachel Brown, Marquette
Angelique Waller, USF
Venicia Reid, USF
Chelsea Klotz, USF
Blake Miller, West Virginia
Megan Mischler, West Virginia
Bry McCarthy, West Virginia
Meghan Lewis, West Virginia
Kerri Butler, West Virginia
Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Kerri Butler, West Virginia
Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Meghan Lewis, West Virginia