MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Fall and winter sports start to overlap this week as the calendar changes to October. Here is a look at the sports landscape of the WVU for the weekend.
Men’s football opens league game
WVU men’s soccer head coach Dan Stratford (Photo by Joe Brocato)
The Mountaineers will begin their final round of the Mid-American Conference on Thursday evening when they receive Akron. West Virginia will join Conference USA in autumn 2022.
West Virginia (6-0-2) has the highest ranking of all time in the national coaches poll and has checked in at number 3 this week.
“It’s a balance. It’s about continuing to be consistent in how you approach the game and review a game that is specific to your performance from a game-to-game perspective, ”said WVU head coach Dan Stratford.
“But at the same time we are confident and encouraging where we have positioned ourselves as No. 3 in the country after eight games. They want a little self-confidence, but also no complacency or a certain amount of content because there is an attitude that we somehow have arrived at. “
Oklahoma women’s soccer hosts
(Photo by Teran Malone)
West Virginia (7-2-1) checked in after a 4-0 win over Iowa State on Friday night, ranked 12th in the national coaches poll, in 9th place. The Mountaineers will host Oklahoma on Friday night. This will be their last single match weekend until the end of October. Multi-match weekends are scheduled for the next three weeks.
“It was nice to have a few weekends with just one game on the Big 12 conference schedule,” said WVU head coach Lisa Stoia.
“You can really concentrate on one opponent. But now we’re going back to the real world we’re used to from the two-game weekends. Being at home is one thing, but I love being out and about because everyone is together. You have that little more time to build up chemistry on the street. “
Volleyball meets the best team in the nation
After two games from Oklahoma, West Virginia (12-1, 2-0 Big 12) visits high-ranking Texas for two games on Thursday and Friday nights. Read Greg Carey’s report on the Mountaineers’ strong start to the season.
Golf hosts annual invitations
WVU Mountaineer Colson Glover polls play at the Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club
West Virginia will host its annual Mountaineer Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport. Bowing Green, Drexel, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, George Mason, Marshall, Maryland, NC State, Ohio, Penn State and Xavier make up the remainder of the tournament field. Golfers play 36 holes on Monday and the last 18 holes on Tuesday.
Pete Dye Golf Club is one of several home courses used by climbers.
“The position of the holes determines what mentality you have when you go into every green. You know the golf course well enough to know that this is the green light and that I can be aggressive here. Or that’s a red light and I have to play pretty smart and conservative on one side of the green, ”said WVU head coach Sean Covich.
The Mountaineers finished sixth in the fourteen-team Gopher Invitational in Minnesota earlier this month.
Baseball is taking the field
Randy Mazey’s club will host two Fall Ball games in October. The Mountaineers will meet Marshall Friday at 6:00 p.m. and visit Kent State on October 17th. The WVU held two of three regular seasonal meetings against the Thundering Herd last spring. West Virginia went 25-27 last season.
Rifle opens season
West Virginia opens their season at No. 2 in Mississippi on Saturday, where they will meet former head coach of WVU national champions Marsha Beasley and the Rebels. You will also become No. Competing 8 Murray State Sunday. The Mountaineers rank third in the national CRCA preseason poll. Between mid-November and the end of January, the WVU competes in seven events before the semester break.
“I think we were young last year. And other teams just got better, ”said WVU head coach Jon Hammond. “I don’t think anything went wrong other than Kentucky had two children who ended up becoming Olympic medalists. So we just have to go as a group.
“We have a lot of depth in the team. We just have to keep moving forward and hopefully we just need a few team members we have this year to keep getting better. “
The Mountaineers went 7-1 in the 2021 season, finishing fourth in the NCAA championships.