MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia (16-4-0) beat Georgetown (15-6-0) by the score of 5-1 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST women’s soccer championship on Friday evening. The Mountaineers scored four unanswered goals to break a 1-1 tie in the second-half and will make a return appearance in the title game of the league tournament. West Virginia won last year’s event and has been in the title game three of the last five years.
Five different players accounted for the WVU goals, including freshman Kate Schwindel, who was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year on Thursday night. Schwindel scored in the 61st minute and also had an assist on West Virginia’s third goal in the 57th minute.
WVU got on the board first as senior Blake Miller netted her ninth goal of the year in the 4th minute. A goal from Georgetown senior forward Samantha Baker tied the game midway through the first half.
Tied 1-1 at halftime, WVU took control over the final 45 minutes. The five goals match WVU’s highest scoring output during BIG EAST Championship play, also matches last weekend against Seton Hall.
Georgetown out-shot West Virginia 11-10 and had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.
With the win, West Virginia will face Louisville on Sunday at noon. The teams did not meet during the regular season, but WVU won the most recent meeting 2-1 on Oct. 3, 2010.
The loss ends a four-game win streak for the Hoyas. Georgetown, playing in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship for the second time in program history, now awaits the selections for the 2011 NCAA Championship, which will be announced on Monday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m.