MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Preparations continue for West Virginia's 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bowl meeting against Minnesota on Tuesday, December 28 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
After a three-day break for the Christmas holidays the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the team resumed work on Wednesday afternoon. Another practice was held Thursday morning before the players left for the WISP Resort in nearby McHenry, Maryland, for snow tubing and outdoor fun later that day.
Other training took place on Christmas Eve morning prior to the team's departure to Phoenix on Christmas Day.
On-site practices are scheduled for Sunday, December 26 and Monday, December 27 in Phoenix before the Mountaineers face the 8-4 Golden Gophers Tuesday night.
Minnesota arrived in Phoenix last night.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools of soccer.
Minnesota is making its 22nd nd all-time bowl appearance and third under current coach PJ Fleck, while West Virginia is making its 39th bowl and second under the coach or Neal Brown .
"It's been a bumpy year, but we finished on a high note with two wins in the last two weeks," Brown said. "We were sitting at 2-4 during the bye week and we rallied to win four of our last six to be eligible for the bowl.
" I have a lot of respect for what P.J. has done. Fleck, not just in Minnesota, but in western Michigan as well, "Brown said." When you look at them, they are a very good football team. They are 8-4 and could easily be 10-2, and their physique and toughness is what stands out. "