Heredia-Beltran Named Student-Athlete of the Week

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After recording a pair of assists in the Mountaineers 5-1 win over Saint Joseph’s on Aug. 21, sophomore forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.


Heredia-Beltran helped West Virginia (1-0-1) earn its first win of the season, assisting on two of the teams five goals on the afternoon. Her first helper was earned on freshman forward Emily Thompson’s first career goal in the 49th minute. She dribbled into box and fed a pass into Thompson, who squared up and sent the ball above the reach of the SJU goalie.


The Wichita, Kansas, native earned her second assist not long after the first, sending a long ball into junior midfielder AJ Rodriguez, who was just above the top of the 18-yard box. Rodriguez dribbled in, eyed the keeper and knocked it into the net to give WVU a 4-1 lead. Heredia-Beltran finished the match with two assists, two points, three shots and a shot on goal, playing 41 minutes for WVU in the win.


The Mountaineers now prepare for their first road trip of the season, as they travel to No. 14 Penn State on Thursday, Aug. 25. Kickoff at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania, is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.


This Week in Women’s Soccer: The Mountaineers prepare for their first road trip of the season, as they travel to No. 14 Penn State on Thursday, Aug. 25 … kickoff at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania, is slated for 6 p.m. ET … WVU then returns home on Sunday, Aug. 28, to play host to Saint Francis (Pa.) at 1 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.


Last Week in Women’s Soccer: West Virginia went 1-0-1 in its season-opening homestand last week, recording a scoreless draw with Indiana in the season opener on Aug. 19, before earning a 5-1 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Aug. 21 … in the 0-0 tie with the Hoosiers, the Mountaineers dominated possession throughout the match, creating several chances in the final 15 minutes, but couldn’t put all the pieces together to find the back of the net … West Virginia outshot Indiana 7-1 in the second half, with four of those shots taking place with under 20 minutes remaining in the contest … WVU found its rhythm in the second game of the week, however, tallying five goals from five different scorers, including three first-time goal scorers, against Saint Joseph’s … senior midfielder/defender Maddie Moreau, junior midfielder Chloe Adler and freshman forward Emily Thompson scored the first goals of their Mountaineer careers, while junior midfielder AJ Rodriguez and sophomore forward Rhea Kijowski also found the back of the net … Moreau’s second-half score was credited the game winner, the first of her WVU career … sophomore forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran notched a pair of assists in the win, earning the helper on Thompson’s and Rodriguez’s goals … sophomore forward Aria Bilal also earned the first points of her career, assisting Kijowski’s first-half score … West Virginia’s dominance showed in the final stats, as it outshot Saint Joseph’s 24-5, including a 16-5 edge in shots on goal.


Notes: With her start against Indiana on Aug. 19, fifth-year senior Jordan Brewster tallied her 80th career start in a WVU uniform … six Mountaineers also earned their first career action for West Virginia on last week, as senior midfielder/defender Maddie Moreau, junior midfielder Isabel Loza and freshmen Iman Mustafa, Emily Thompson, Taylor White and Natalie Zibinskas took the field for the first time in Gold and Blue … Moreau, Loza and Thompson also earned their first starting nods for the squad … Indiana became West Virginia’s 117th different opponent all time, as the two squads met for the first time in program history … WVU’s 16 shots on goal against the Hawks were the most for the squad since the last time it played Saint Joseph’s, tallying 15 at SJU on March 7, 2021.


This Week in Men’s Soccer: The No-6 ranked Mountaineers open the 2022 season on Thursday, Aug. 25, against Robert Morris at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown … kickoff is set for 7 p.m., ET, and can be seen live on ESPN+.


Last Season in Men’s Soccer: West Virginia enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in program history, finishing 12-3-6 and advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1981 … WVU was seeded No. 11 in the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time it earned a national seed in the event since 2007 … the squad finished No. 8 in the United Soccer Coaches rankings, good for its highest finish in the poll’s history … the club also finished 8-0-3 at home, good for its first unbeaten campaign in Morgantown since 2007 … a program-record 14 different Mountaineers scored a goal last season … defender Bjarne Thiesen earned third-team All-America status by United Soccer Coaches and … two others – defender Kevin Morris and midfielder Ryan Bear – were all-region selections … in the classroom, Morris was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team for the second consecutive season, while defender Aaron Denk Gracia was placed on the third-team.


Notes: The Mountaineers begin their 62nd season of men’s soccer on Thursday … third-year coach Dan Stratford is 18-6-7 with WVU and 79-10-12 overall in his head-coaching career … West Virginia embarks on its first season as an affiliate member in the Sun Belt Conference … the squad was tabbed the league favorite in the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll … additionally, Thiesen was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt team … goalkeeper Jacob Castro, Denk Gracia and Baer will serve as captains this season … West Virginia has seven newcomers this fall, including three transfers … in all, WVU is represented by 13 different countries … the Mountaineers will take on six opponents who qualified for the 2021 NCAA Tournament … WVU was slotted at No. 6 in United Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25, good for the highest ranking to start a season in program history … WVU is 14-6 against Robert Morris all time, including 9-3 in Morgantown … last season, West Virginia opened the season with a 2-0 win over RMU in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.


This Week in Volleyball: West Virginia opens the 2022 season on the road, as the team travels to Centre County, Pennsylvania, for the Penn State Classic, a two-day tournament from Aug. 26-27… West Virginia will face Loyola at 12 p.m. ET, on Friday, Aug. 26, at Rec Hall … the Mountaineers start the season with a doubleheader, as they will take on Duquesne later that day at 4:30 p.m … West Virginia concludes the tournament the following day, Aug. 27, as it takes on host Penn State at 7 p.m.


Last Season in Volleyball: In 2021, West Virginia earned 19 wins, including tying a program-best 8-8 mark to finish third in the Big 12, its highest finish in Reed Sunahara‘s seven-year tenure… the squad capped the season off with the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth … the regular season consisted of four tournaments followed by a series of back-to-back matches against Big 12 opponents … WVU started off the season 10-0, including defeating No. 23 Michigan in three sets and continued the momentum into Big 12 play by sweeping the Sooners, marking the first time the Mountaineers have pulled off the season sweep against Oklahoma in program history … after earning their first-ever season sweep over Kansas in 2020, the Mountaineers doubled down and pulled off the double over Kansas in 2021 … West Virginia took Illinois to four sets after earning their first at-large bid … at season end, Adrian Ell and Briana Lynch were named to the All-Big 12 First Team, while Lacey Zerwas earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors … this marked two consecutive seasons that Lynch made All-Conference First Team, and Zerwas was named to All-Conference Second Team … additionally, Ell and Lynch were awarded spots on the AVCA All-Midwest Region, with Zerwas being recognized as AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention … the AVCA honors marked the second of her career for Lynch and the first for Ell and Zerwas … Zerwas also was nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year … for the sixth straight year, WVU was named a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award … nine Mountaineers earned a spot on the 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Teams.


Notes: The Mountaineers begin their 48th season of volleyball … this will mark back-to-back seasons WVU has begun the campaign against Loyola … coach Sunahara begins his eighth season as West Virginia’s head coach … WVU ended the 2021 season with a .210 hitting percentage, averaging 13.6 kills per set … defensively, the Mountaineers averaged 16.2 digs per set and 2.3 blocks per set … West Virginia is set to host the Mountaineer Invitational, as well as eight conference and one nonconference match this season … the team returns with seven letterwinners and adds seven newcomers.


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