West Virginia Trip Starts Unkindly For Women's Soccer

Women's soccer dribbler with two defenders chasing.
(By Stephen R. Smith)

FAIRMONT, W. Va. – The Felician University women's soccer team suffered a 3-0 non-conference loss to host Fairmont State University on Friday night at Duvall Rosier Field. The game was the 2018 season opener for both schools. The Golden Falcons and Fighting Falcons were meeting for the first time.

Fairmont State dented the scoreboard on its first shot attempt of the contest. Freshman Kylee Altland (Millersburg, Pa.) collected a pass from classmate Angelina Kaylor (Cincinnati, Ohio) and finished in the 13th minute.

FSU continued to apply offensive pressure, getting off five shots and attempting a corner kick in the next seven-plus minutes. Felician sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Kazenmayer (Forked River, N.J.) made three saves in that stretch.

But just when it appeared the visitors had withstood the attack and would enter halftime trailing by one, Altland struck again, tallying with 46 seconds left in the opening half. Fighting Falcon sophomore Louise Welch (York, England) scored in the 60th minute for the final margin, and the Golden Falcons were seldom dangerous in the offensive third.

FSU out-shot the Golden Falcons, 17-1. Felician's only shot attempt came from junior Joanne Arvanitakis (Lyndhurst, N.J.) in the 21st minute. Abigail Johnson (Vienna, W. Va.) topped FSU with five shots. Kazenmayer completed the night with eight saves.

After a travel day on Saturday, Felician concludes its trip to West Virginia on opening weekend with a 1 p.m. tilt against Concord University on Sunday.