For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team will compete at the NCAA College Cup, as the No. 1-ranked Mountaineers defeated No. 5-ranked Duke, 1-0, this afternoon, in the NCAA Tournament Fourth Round, in front of 1,648 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
A goal from junior midfielder Alli Magaletta (St. Joseph Angels 2014) proved to be the difference this afternoon, as the Chesterfield, Missouri, native connected on the Mountaineers’ fourth corner kick in the 16th minute for her third game-winner of the season.
The top-seeded Mountaineers (22-1-2, 8-0) advance to the tournament’s semifinals for the first time in three tries. WVU will face No. 7-ranked and second-seeded North Carolina in the first of two semifinal matches on Friday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. ET, at Avaya Stadium, in San Jose, California.
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Magaletta has scored three goals this season. All three have been game-winners for the team she joined this June after transfering from Mizzou. She stepped into the defensive midfield role immediately and has started all 24 games this season. She was featured on the WVU website just last week following the win in PK’s over UCLA that led to Saturday’s quarterfinal win.
Alli helped lead St. Joseph to the Class 3 State Championship in 2014, assisting on Kaley Neiters (Rockhurst) 2nd OT game-winner against St. Teresa’s. That STA team included Dorian Bailey, also an NSCAA All-American with Alli who is a starter for North Carolina. Thus the two Missouri All-American’s will face off in the first D1 semifinal next Friday in San Jose.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS – start at 25 seconds with Magaletta’s game-winner