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Tech Women Earn Solid Win in ACC Opener

The second-ranked women's soccer team picked up a shutout win on Friday night over then-undefeated No. 17 Clemson after senior Shannon Mayrose and junior Ashley Meier scored to give Tech the 2-0 victory. The ACC-opening win gave the Hokies their 10th-straight win, marking the best start and longest winning streak in program history. Mayrose notched her fifth goal of the year in the 25th minute off of an assist from sophomore Murielle Tiernan that gave Tech the 1-0 lead. With 15 minutes to go in the game, Meier scored an insurance goal from 25 yards out to put the Hokies up 2-0 and seal the win.

Hokies Earn Big W Over Wake

Tech picked up two big wins this week, defeating UNC Greensboro on the road before returning home to defeat Wake Forest 2-0 for the first time since the Hokies joined the ACC. Collin Verfurth scored the lone goal in Tech’s 1-0 win over UNCG while freshman goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard picked up the shutout. In Tech's monumental win over the Demon Deacons, freshman Ricardo John and sophomore Niels Kirch scored the goals, but the story of the night was sophomore Som Essome, who assisted on both goals. The final score came after Essome beat a pair of defenders and slipped a ball across the face of the goal to a sprinting Kirch who put it in the back of the net. Essome was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Som Essome
(Men's Soccer, So., Essen, Germany)
For the first time in school history since joining the ACC, the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team defeated Wake Forest 2-0 thanks to two assists from sophomore Som Essome. Essome played through his teammate on the first goal, then provided a spectacular individual play beating a pair of defenders before slotting the ball across the face of the goal for his teammate to tap in for the second score of the night. Essome also contributed valuable minutes in the Hokies’ win over UNC Greensboro.

Hokies three-peat at VCU

Virginia Tech posted a three-round total of 1-over-par 865 to claim a third-straight title in the Janney VCU Shootout . The event, hosted by VCU, was played on the 6,955-yard, par 72 Manakin Course at Hermitage. The Hokies outdistanced runner-up Iowa State by six strokes and Maryland by seven strokes. Tech led all three rounds en route to the team title. The Hokies opened with a 1-under-par 287 in Monday’s morning round and followed that with a 4-over 292 in the second round on Monday. Tech wrapped up the title by carding a 2-under 286 Tuesday morning. The Hokies were led by Maclain Huge, who posted his best-ever finish with a tie for second place.

Yellow Jackets Fly By Hokies

Virginia Tech suffered a second straight tough loss, as Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker hit a 24-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift the Yellow Jackets past the Hokies 27-24 at Lane Stadium on Sept. 21 in the ACC opener for both teams. Kicker Joey Slye led the Hokies with three field goals, and receiver Isaiah Ford caught a career-high eight passes for 114 yards. Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer had 326 yards of total offense (297 passing), but three turnovers led to 17 Georgia Tech points. Linebacker Chase Williams paced Virginia Tech’s defense with a career-high 17 tackles.

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Tech Sweeps Hokie Invitational

The Virginia Tech volleyball team opened its home slate, hosting the Hokie Invitational over the weekend. Tech swept the field, going a perfect 3-0 to claim the tournament title. The Hokies opened with a 3-0 win over UNC Wilmington on Friday night before turning around and beating both Radford and Marshall on Saturday with scores of 3-0 in both matches. Lindsey Owens was named the tournament MVP after averaging 3.22 kills and 3.67 digs per set. Kathryn Caine and Ashley Battle joined Owens on the All-Tournament team. Caine recorded 2.89 kps while hitting .417 on the attack. Battle averaged 2.22 kps, hitting .412 for the offense and notched 10 blocks on the weekend, including four solos.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Tech baseball shortstop Ricky Surum interviews women’s soccer forward Murielle Tiernan

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Men’s Tennis Players Earn Wins

The Hokies saw success in two tournaments over the weekend. At the Ivy Plus event, junior Joao Monteiro claimed the flight title in the singles’ Nassau Draw. Monteiro defeated players from Princeton, Buffalo, Dartmouth and Cornell. At the UVA Ranked+1 Tournament, Amerigo Contini and Andreas Bjerrehus paired up to win the Orange Draw doubles. Tech’s 17th-ranked pair dispatched a duo comprised of a player from Wake Forest and a player from ODU in the opening round, 8-2. In the second round, the Hokies knocked off an ETSU team, 8-3. Contini and Bjerrehus downed the host team’s duo of Henrik Wiersholm and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in the finals by a score of 8-4.

Cross Country Hosts the VT Alumni Invite


On their home course for the opener, the 23rd-ranked women’s team finished in third place behind Florida State and North Carolina. Sarah Rapp was the Hokies’ top finisher with a 14th-place finish, followed by Paige Kvartunas, Shannon Morton, Madalyn Nuckols and Abigail Motley, who finished in 15th, 16th, 16th and 18th places, respectively. For the men, Neil Gourley, was the top finisher for the Hokies in 15th place, helping Tech to a fifth-place finish overall. Andrew Gaiser finished next for Tech, followed by Stuart Robertson, George Carter and Ashkan Mohammadi.

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Celebrate Good Times!

Following Virginia Tech’s 2-0 ACC victory over Wake Forest, Hokie fans congratulate Neils Kirch, whose late-game goal provided the final margin and clinched Tech’s first win over the Demon Deacons since joining the ACC in 2004.