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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A quick goal from All-American Michaela Abam and seven saves by Rylee Foster pushed the top-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win at No. 5 Georgetown in the squads’ 2017 season opener.

The Mountaineers (1-0) battled heat, humidity and a strong Hoya offensive push for 90 minutes before walking away from Shaw Field with their first win of the year.

WVU’s victory, its first against GU (0-1) since defeating the Hoyas 5-1 in Morgantown on Nov. 4, 2011, pushed its two-year record against top-10 opponents to 5-2. The squad is 18-13-3 all-time against top-10 foes.

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“The circumstances here and the adversity with this heat was incredible,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “For us to get on them early and finish this game just really shows how resilient this team is. I talked to them about being warriors – and it was hard to find energy in this game – but they really emptied the tank and found what they needed today to win.

“These conditions were horrible, but both teams had to play in it. No excuses and no buts. We found a way to win.”

Abam’s goal was the result of great patience by the Mountaineer attack. After working the ball into play off the team’s first corner kick of the season, WVU pushed it around the box before junior forward Sh’Nia Gordon gathered it wide right. She quickly sent a perfectly placed cross near the far-left post, where the senior forward met it mid-jump before directing it behind GU’s Ariell Schechtman.

“It was an incredible service from Nia, and Mic’s timing was impeccable,” Izzo-Brown said. “To beat a goalkeeper like Georgetown’s was just spot-on. I’m real proud of the way Mic performed today; finishing that opportunity was huge.”