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November 16, 2016 - 8:22 am
Inside the 18 with Thompson, Roth and Patch

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with freshman defender Jaylyn Thompson and freshmen forwards Katherine Roth and Bridget Patch.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

JT: The country atmosphere that Blacksburg holds is very different from my hometown of Voorhees, New Jersey. I live very close to the city of Philadelphia, so coming south was an adjustment, but I love it!

KR: Everything is much smaller here, very much a tight knit community. It’s a town where everyone knows each other, which is not where I was raised at all.

BP: The differences between my hometown and Blacksburg is the distance from the beach, as well as the distance from the closest city.

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

JT: The Drill Field. I love how pretty it is during the fall.

KR: The duck pond. I like to go for runs there because it is nice to take a break from everything and be by myself.

BP: My favorite spots to go on campus is definitely Thompson Field and the practice fields (it relieves my stress). I also like Turner and Dunkin Donuts because I love food and coffee.

What got you involved with soccer?

JT: I started playing soccer when I was four years old. I went to all of my older sister’s soccer games, and her involvement at such a young age is what sparked my interest in the sport.

KR: It was the first sport I ever got into. My dad was my coach in the beginning, and my mom did all the soccer arrangements for the team. My brother and I played on the same team, so it was something we all did together as a family.

BP: My parents got me involved in soccer because they were my coaches during my childhood days. I also made my best friends from soccer, and I was able to enjoy it while being competitive with them. I then switched to a travel team and fell in love with the game and improving everyday doing something that I love. All of my hard work and dedication then led me to want to play in college at such a beautiful school to continue to be an academic athlete.

Who was your role model growing up?

JT: My grandparents were always my role models growing up, and they still are today. I love the way they are able to incorporate religion and their faith into all that they do, and the countless things they do for other has always been inspiring.

KR: My role models were definitely my parents; I was really lucky to have such great parents that I look up to.

BP: My Dad was definitely my role model growing up because he was always the person to be straight forward with me and give me encouragement but also constructive criticism. He is also the person in my family always playing or coaching a sport so I knew he had a lot of knowledge when it came to sports and being mentally and physically tough. He also loves and enjoys every second of his life and is always happy and that is exactly how I want to live my life and feel about my career.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

JT: I have loved my time as a Hokie and I cannot imagine spending my first year anywhere else!

KR: It has been great. It is a lot of work balancing everything, but it has been enjoyable figuring everything out.

BP: My time so far being a Hokie has definitely been a challenge, especially in the beginning, however, I have learned from and enjoyed every second of my time here and all of the challenges I have to face in order to get better both academically and athletically.

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

JT: Take advantage of every minute and enjoy it!

KR: Take everything day-by-day and focus on getting better at one aspect of the game each day. It is okay to make mistakes because you will!

BP: My advice to any future soccer player would be to just prepare yourself before coming to college and when you get here, make sure you stay positive but expect the worst and be as mentally tough as possible. There is always room for improvement in everything you do, so messing up is normal. Just listen to your teammates and coaches and absorb what they say and work to learn from it and fix it. Never make excuses. Most importantly enjoy your time here and HAVE FUN!

November 9, 2016 - 9:44 am
Inside the 18 with Abu El Hawa and Mance

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with sophomore midfielder Alia Abu El Hawa and freshman forward Mikayla Mance.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

AH: At home, I usually spend Halloween with my family giving out candy and making festive desserts. In college, I am going to dress up and go out with my friends!

MM: I live just south of Pittsburgh, so I would actually say Blacksburg is very similar to my hometown. It feels like home.

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

AH: My favorite spot to go on campus definitely be Starbucks!

MM: My favorite places are definitely Thompson Field, our locker room and of course, the Starbucks on campus.

What got you involved with soccer?

AH: My mother played soccer all her life, so she got me into it.

MM: My parents signed me up when I was three years old, and I loved the game ever since.

Who was your role model growing up?

AH: My mom was my role model!

MM: My mom has always been my role model on and off the field. She always supports me, and she has pushed me to become the person and player I am today.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

AH: It’s been awesome, and I don’t want to go home for the summer. I made a lot of new friends and love the soccer team.

MM: It’s been great. I love the community, and the school is just amazing. I can’t wait to make more memories here as a Hokie.

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

AH: If you love soccer that much you can make it anywhere and do anything you set your mind to.

MM: Some advice I would give to future soccer players would be to always work hard. Even if you are not the best player on the field, your work ethic will go a long way. Just simply enjoy the game and have fun!

November 2, 2016 - 9:33 am
Inside the 18 with Conyers, Diana and Peurifoy

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with junior midfielder Madi Conyers, sophomore midfielder Kristina Diana and senior forward Kallie Peurifoy.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

MC: I am from Richmond, Virginia, so there definitely aren't mountains there. One of my favorite parts about Blacksburg is you always have a gorgeous view of the mountains. I also love the weather. It can be chilly in the mornings and evenings, but also be warm throughout the day. You can get all four seasons in one day.

KD: Blacksburg is a little bit more of a laid-back, small community compared to the always go-go feel of Northern Virginia.

KP: Charleston is by the beach, which is one big difference. Blacksburg is pretty small in comparison to Charleston too. It’s very historic and is heavily influenced by its southern roots, so a little different than Blacksburg if you ask me.

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

MC: My favorite spot on campus is the gardens. It's by the horticulture department behind the greenhouses and there are lights hanging among the trees that are lit. No one is ever there, so it is very peaceful and a great place to think and get some studying done.

KD: My favorite place on campus is probably Thompson Field during one of our home matches. The field is super pretty and the atmosphere with the crowd and the fans is amazing!

KP: It’s a little off campus, but Starbucks for sure. On campus, Turner is a go to or Lane to study.

What got you involved with soccer?

MC: I started playing soccer when I was about five years old. I was with my dad at my sister’s soccer practice just messing around, and someone asked if I was on a team, so the next week I went to practice and never stopped. Kari Johnson also was on that team, and we have played together ever since.

KD: My family has always been a soccer family. My uncle played, my cousins played and my older sisters played, so growing up I was always around a soccer field or soccer ball!

KP: I started playing when I was really young. I think I was four, and I have just loved it since!

Who was your role model growing up?

MC: My role model always has been my sister. I have always looked up to her whether it was on the field, court, school, etc. She has always been there to push me to be the person I am today. She is selfless, kind and walks by faith. She has not only taught me these attributes, but she also has showed me how to love Jesus. I hope to be half the person she is someday.

KD: My parents were and definitely still are my role models. They've always shown me how to not only be a good, kind and loving person, but how to be a person that can laugh at themselves every once in a while, which I think is a very good trait to have. They continue to show me how to become the best parents every day, and I hope I can follow in their footsteps.

KP: Probably my Dad. I was pretty into sports growing up, so we would always be out in the yard playing something. He’s also really smart, so I always wanted to impress him.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

MC: My time as a Hokie has been amazing. I have met so many new people throughout the community that I will never forget and will come back to visit. It is very sad to think I only have a year and half left in Blacksburg, but I am excited to see what the next year and half brings.

KD: My time as a Hokie has been amazing! The atmosphere here at VT is so unreal and unlike anywhere else I've ever been. I couldn't imagine playing anywhere else.

KP: It has been pretty great. I’ve loved everything about my experience so far. I’m glad I have another year!

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

MC: My advice for future soccer players is don't take it for granted and have fun. There will be hard times where you may think of quitting, but the girls on this team will be your lifelong friends and you will get through it BECAUSE of them. Being a student athlete is a privilege and the people you meet and the opportunities you get from it will be great. Make the most of your time in college and don't forget to have fun in everything you choose to do.

KD: My advice for future soccer players is just to have fun and love the game every time you play. The whole reason you started to play when you were a little kid should still be the same reason why you continue to play as you get older, because you love it. One day, you won’t be able to play the game anymore, and you'll wish that you didn't take those years for granted.

KP: Work really hard, and have confidence in yourself!

October 26, 2016 - 9:05 am
Inside the 18 with Cephers, Weber and Tiernan

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with senior midfielder Candace Cephers, freshman midfielder Lilly Weber and senior forward Murielle Tiernan.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

CC: Originally, I am from Aurora, Colorado. The weather is similar, but instead of being in the mountains in Blacksburg, the Rockies are a beautiful site to see every day.

LW: Springfield, Virginia is a lot different from Blacksburg. It is right outside D.C., so it’s always busy, and there is a lot of traffic. I am not used to all the open spaces and seeing gorgeous scenery every time I look out my window.

MT: Ashburn is more of a suburb with just a bunch of houses everywhere. Blacksburg is more of a town with a distinct downtown area.

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

CC: One of my favorite spots is Thompson Field, not on a game day. Watching the sunset drop behind McCommas just kind of puts it in perspective that there are other things in the world besides soccer.

LW: Definitely Thompson Field, West End and Deets.

MT: My favorite places on campus are West End, our locker room and Thompson Field.

What got you involved with soccer?

CC: I am the youngest of five kids, and all four of my siblings played soccer, three of them collegiately. Soccer was a natural love for me from the beginning for me.

LW: I’ve been playing soccer for as long as I can remember. When I scored my first goal and everyone cheered me on, I knew this sport was for me.

MT: I started playing when I was four and never stopped.

Who was your role model growing up?

CC: Growing up, all of my siblings were my role model. They are a lot older then I am, and they went through their club and collegiate careers when I was still young and learning the game. They were always teaching me and pushing me to be better.

LW: My parents have always been my role models. They work so hard, and I would not be here if it was not for them. They have sacrificed so much for me and my sisters, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

MT: My parents. My mom was super smart and could do anything. My dad was super outgoing with everyone. Everyone loves them. I've always looked up to them.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

CC: So far, being a Hokie is such a great experience. The community is very loving, which is great being so far away from home.

LW: It has been fantastic! The people are all so supportive. The school is beautiful, and the whole community is so supportive.

MT: Best years of my life.

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

CC: Keep pushing yourself, and never give up. Never let one coach define you as a player. Become a player that your coach can’t afford to take you off the field just because of your impact and effort.

LW: Enjoy it and have fun, and never forget why you started playing!

MT: Appreciate every chance you get to step on the field, you only have a limited number of games!

October 25, 2016 - 12:28 pm
McGlynn, U-18 Women's National Team finishes second

Virginia Tech women’s soccer freshman Mandy McGlynn finished second with the United States U-18 Women’s National Team (WNT), following a 3-0 win over host Northern Ireland in the 2016 Women’s International Cup on Monday, at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

McGlynn, Tech’s starting goalkeeper, saw action in the squad’s third and final match of the tournament, as the USA did not allow Northern Ireland a shot at the net in 90 minutes of play.

The USA opened the three-match event on Oct. 18 and dropped a 2-1 setback to England's U-19 WNT, at the Ballymena Showgrounds, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. The squad came back strong in match two, picking up a 3-1 victory over France's U-19 WNT on Oct. 20, at Mourneview Park, in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.

The Jacksonville, Florida, native received an invitation in early October to join the United States U-18 WNT and was one of just 20 players to go on the trip and one of two goalkeepers.

Of note, the majority of the players in the U.S. U-18 WNT player pool are currently competing in their freshman season of college soccer, but U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs’ roster was made up almost entirely of players currently playing youth club.

October 19, 2016 - 9:40 am
Inside the 18 with Johnston, Johnson and Curtis

The No. 25-ranked Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with senior defender Marie Johnston, junior forward Alani Johnson and senior defender Sydney Curtis.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

MJ: Blacksburg definitely has more of the small, community feel. I also enjoy Blacksburg because of all the cool outdoor stuff. I live right outside Richmond, so I am near more of a city. They are just different, but I love them both.

AJ: I’m originally from Virginia Beach, so the major difference is not being able to go the beach all the time. Since I live on the beach and it's a tourist attraction, there are so many food places and attractions to go to. Blacksburg is more quiet and low key compared to where I live. Except when there are athletic events going on and campus becomes very hectic.

SC: Blacksburg is a lot smaller than my hometown. Cary is up and coming and the population is constantly increasing. The community feeling in Blacksburg is so much stronger than back home. When I was younger, Cary was a lot like Blacksburg, but with the growth it changed. I think that is what appealed to me so much, it reminded me of my childhood.

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

MJ: I love the view from inside Lane - you can see the football field, Thompson Field and the mountains. The view just captures all of my favorite things about Tech.

AJ: Thompson Field is my first favorite place. I love the energy from the crowd when we play and the beautiful sunset behind MacComas. My second favorite place would be the Drill Field. It is very beautiful when fall comes around and the leaves are changing. The addition of the food trucks makes the walk to class a little bit better.

SC: I like to go to places on campus that are quiet and where I can escape from the craziness. I love doing schoolwork in Lane and in the Bowman Room. I also love going to Owens dining hall.

What got you involved with soccer?

MJ: I tried all sorts of sports growing up, but soccer was the first one I got involved in. Since my older brother and sister played soccer, I was around the field a lot and wanted to be just like them as well.

AJ: I originally was on a co-ed basketball team when I was seven, and that same team formed a soccer team and I was the goalie. Then I moved to Virginia from Texas when I was in the second grade, and as soccer and basketball became more competitive, my parents made me pick what sport I wanted focus on. I decided I liked soccer better and have been playing it ever since.

SC: My parents got me involved in soccer when I was three years old. I have been playing ever since I can remember.

Who was your role model growing up?

MJ: My mom has definitely been my role model growing up. She is the most selfless, hardworking person I know and does everything with so much joy. She encourages me to be better by the things she does and the way she does it.

AJ: My role model growing up has always been my older sister Mariah. My sister is 22 and has Cerebral Palsy, collectively as a family, we help provide for her. She has taught me great patience and perseverance in all task that I'm involved in every day.

SC: My parents were my role models growing up. They have always been honest, hardworking and loving people. I want to grow up and be just like them.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

MJ: My time as a Hokie has been amazing. I grew up as a Hokie since I was a baby, so this has always felt like home to me. It is cool how you can just tell that everyone loves being here and genuinely supports each other/wants you to succeed.

AJ: My time as a Hokie has been great. Coming to college, I didn't know what to expect, but I would have never wanted to go to another school. The community supports all Tech events and makes the atmosphere of Virginia Tech amazing.

SC: My time as a Hokie has been everything I was hoping for and more. Every day I am reminded that I made the best decision of my life when I decided to become a Hokie, and I am so sad that it is coming to an end in a few months.

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

MJ: Find the balance in it all. It is hard at first to manage soccer, school, social life, sleep, etc. Just finding the balance between all of those will bring the most success and happiness. For everything you do in life, do it with purpose and enjoy it!

AJ: One thing that I would give future soccer players would be no matter what, always work hard. Work ethic is something that you can control, and if you give your all on the field then you know you gave you all. And if others see you working hard then that will transfer to others around you.

SC: My advice would be to never give up. There are times when it gets very hard and you feel like you are juggling a million things, but if it’s really what you want then it’s worth it.

October 18, 2016 - 1:40 pm
Hokies 25th in NSCAA poll

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team dropped one spot in the NSCAA poll this week. The Hokies are ranked 25th. Tech is seventh of seven ACC teams in the top 25. Three of the top 10 teams in the nation are ACC teams, led by Duke at No. 4. The Hokies are also ranked 25th in the SoccerAmerica.com poll.

The Hokies will host No. 14 Notre Dame on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Thompson Filed, before traveling to Miami for a noon game on Sunday.

NSCAA poll

Soccer America poll

October 13, 2016 - 4:37 pm
Television affiliates for Virginia Tech vs. Louisville game

Virginia Tech hosts Louisville on Sunday, Oct. 16. The game, kicking at 1 p.m., will be shown on the following regional sports networks. Jenn Hildreth and former Hokie standout Morgan Conklin will have the call. The game will also be shown on-line on ESPN3 and the ACC Network EXTRA, subject to blackout.

For a link to the TheACC.com listings, click here

REGIONAL NETWORK

· FOX Sports South/FOX Sports Carolinas

· FOX Sports Sun

· FOX Sports Midwest /FOX Sports Indiana

· Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic

· YES

· NESN

· ROOT Sports Pittsburgh

· SportsTime Ohio

· FOX Sports Detroit

· FOX Sports North

· FOX Sports Wisconsin

· FOX Sports Southwest

· FOX Sports Arizona

· FOX Sports San Diego

· FOX Sports Prime Ticket

· ROOT Sports Rocky Mtn. – DB – 4pm ET/2pm MT

· ROOT Sports Northwest – DB – 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT

October 12, 2016 - 1:40 pm
Inside the 18 with Kerns, Hemmen and Dixon

The No. 24-ranked Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with sophomore forward Caroline Kerns, freshman defender Jordan Hemmen and senior forward Bria Dixon.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

CK: I’m from northern Virginia, pretty close to D.C., so I’m used to living in an area that’s a little more city-like! One thing Blacksburg does have in common with my hometown are the people. A lot of my friends from home ended up being Hokies too.

JH: Coming from Seattle, there are so many differences to Blacksburg. The first thing I noticed was the weather, especially over the summer. It could be sunny one minute and then pouring rain the next with thunder and lightning! The weather is consistent at home, its either sunny or rainy all day, but doesn’t have quick changes. I hadn’t experienced many storms before I came here! I do love it when it pours because it reminds me of home. One of my favorite things to do is stand in the pouring rain!

BD: There are a lot of activities and places to go when I am home in Cary. I also see a good mix of UNC, N.C. State and Duke fans everywhere I go. It makes me love VT even more!

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

CK: Thompson field, where else???

JH: My absolute favorite place to go on campus is Deet’s for some late night ice cream, no doubt!

BD: The fifth floor of Lane. It’s the perfect place to get some homework done and get a great view of campus and our athletic fields.

What got you involved with soccer?

CK: My mom has been coaching me since I was a little kid.

JH: One day in second grade, I told my mom I wanted to play soccer. I remember being so surprised because unlike my other requests to join gymnastics and girl scouts, she actually signed me up that same week! I played that fall and never looked back! It has been something I enjoy and love ever since!

BD: I honestly have no idea. At the age of five, I knew what soccer was! I am just glad I joined the rec league and grew to love the sport.

Who was your role model growing up?

CK: As a player, I’ve always looked up to my mom. She played for a top team when she was in college. They actually ended up making it all the way to the College Cup, so ever since I was little, I’ve been talking about getting just as far as she did.

JH: I grew up with a twin sister by my side. On the field and off, we were always there for each other. Her soccer career looked a bit different than mine. She was hit with injuries after injuries, but she never lost her love for others or the game. To me, that was always so inspiring. She didn’t let external things affect her internally. Now, we both play college soccer states away, but I still consider her someone I look up to and I can’t wait to see her at Christmas!

BD: My Grandpa. His life and his experiences have taught me so much in life. He is an example of someone who truly worked for what they got and continued to exemplify humility and respect on his way up to success.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

CK: I already have so many great memories here and have met so many great people.

JH: My time as a Hokie has been a blast so far! I came in early July for summer academy, so it’s only been about three months, but I have loved every minute of it. I have made so many great friends, and I have awesome teammates that have made every day unforgettable!

BD: Amazing, I can't believe I am a senior!

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

CK: Work hard, but more than anything, enjoy it! You go from watching the college girls play to being one of them quicker than you think!

JH: Never give up on yourself or count yourself out. It’s important, no matter how good you are, to be open to improvement and push yourself to get better. Never stop getting better and never lose your love for the game. Your passion is the most important part. Enjoy the game first, it’s so much fun!!

BD: When you get to college, don't forget to keep loving the game of soccer. Remembering why you love the sport will get you through the toughest days of spring and preseason!

October 12, 2016 - 8:28 am
Hokies reenter the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team jumped back into the NSCAA poll this week. The Hokies are ranked 24th. Tech is seventh of seven ACC teams in the top 25. Duke is fourth and Virginia is fifth. Three of the top 10 teams in the nation are ACC teams. The Hokies are also ranked 24th in the SoccerAmerica.com poll.

The Hokies, which won a pair of conference road matches last week, return to Thompson Field on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m., as they host Louisville. The match will be televised on regional sports networks. It will also be Senior Day, as we honor seven seniors. It is also Cancer Awareness Day.

NSCAA poll

Soccer America poll

October 5, 2016 - 11:25 am
Inside the 18 with Irwin, Timothy and Brock

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with redshirt freshman defender Kelsey Irwin, sophomore midfielder Heather Timothy and redshirt junior defender Jordyn Brock.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

KI: Blacksburg is a lot different than my hometown for many reasons. I grew up in a big beach city in Southern California, and no longer having access to the beach is a big change. Living in San Diego, you never experience a drastic change in seasons like you do here. Blacksburg is a small, college town filed with lots of Hokie pride.

HT: Cary, North Carolina is a lot different from Blacksburg. It is right outside of Raleigh, so there are many colleges around the same area like N.C. State, UNC and Duke. There are a lot of rivalries since these schools are so close. I love how everyone in Blacksburg cheers for the Hokies! There is such a sense of comradery and a family-like atmosphere when everyone is cheering for the same school.

JB: I am from Maryland and not too far from DC, so when I go home I am not used to the open farm lands and seeing cows walking around in empty fields! I am used to bigger buildings, traffic, subways and busses!

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

KI: Thompson Field and Lane Stadium, of course!

HT: My favorite spot to go on campus is Thompson Field! I truly believe that we have the best fans and one of the greatest soccer stadiums in the country.

JB: My favorite spot to go on campus is the Black Cultural Center! It is a great place to meet new people as well as to study and do homework. Sometimes when Lane and Newman Library are busy and packed, I will go to the BCC to get some work done.

What got you involved with soccer?

KI: I grew up playing with the older boys in my neighborhood, so whatever they did, I did. I learned to be extremely competitive from them because I refused to lose, even though I was the only girl on the team. Soccer was one of the many sports we played, and I loved it ever since.

HT: I got involved with soccer when I was four years old. I actually cried during my first soccer game because I did not want to play! My parents always joke that I was super shy until I scored my first goal, and then my personality came out.

JB: No one specifically got me involved with soccer. I have always been active as a child, and my first sport was track! I picked up softball and soccer, and I found myself leaning more towards soccer as I got older and had to make a decision on what I wanted to do.

Who was your role model growing up?

KI: Definitely my parents. They’re the hardest working individuals I have ever met in my life. They have dedicated so much of their time to my siblings and I, and I could not be more thankful for them.

HT: My role model has always been my mom. She is the strongest person I know and my best friend. If I could be half the mother that she is one day, I will be more than pleased with myself!

JB: A big role model for me growing up (and still is) would be my sister! She was super athletic as well and played travel softball for years, which is why I started playing.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

KI: It’s been awesome. Virginia Tech is truly one of a kind. The sense of community among the entire school makes it a special place to be.

HT: My time as a Hokie has been fabulous so far! I am pushed in the classroom and on the field every day to be the best I can be. My days are exhausting, but I love the challenges that college offers!

JB: My time has been great! I have met so many people who I can honestly say will be my friends for the rest of my life. I don’t think I would be half the person/athlete I am now if it wasn’t for the training room staff and my coaches.

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

KI: Never give up on your dreams. Continue to work hard every day, and enjoy the journey.

HT: My best advice for future soccer players is to just enjoy the sport! There is so much pressure put on players at such a young age, especially during the recruiting process, so sometimes the fun can be taken out of it. I always strive to do my best because I understand that being able to play the game I love every day is such a blessing that should not be taken for granted.

JB: Always stay positive. You are going to be hit with so many challenges, but it is important to remember that everything happens for a reason. Come in ready to play, compete, have fun and enjoy the process because it goes by faster than you think.

October 4, 2016 - 10:51 am
ACC Women's Soccer Championship moved to Charleston, S.C.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference has selected host locales and venues for eight of its 2016-17 league championships.

Championship sites and dates announced on Tuesday are as follows and include several date changes from the original schedule released in July:

ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, Nov. 4 & 6 – MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, South Carolina

CC Women’s Swimming & Diving/Men’s Diving Championships, Feb. 13-16 (change from original date) – Georgia Tech Aquatics Center; Atlanta, Georgia

ACC Men’s Swimming Championship, Feb. 27-March 2 (change from original date) – Georgia Tech Aquatics Center; Atlanta, Georgia

ACC Women’s Golf Championship, April 13-15 (change from original date) – The Reserve Golf Club; Pawley’s Island, South Carolina

ACC Men’s Golf Championship, April 21-23 – Musgrove Mill Golf Club; Clinton, South Carolina

ACC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, April 26-30 – Rome Tennis Center at Berry College; Rome, Georgia

ACC Baseball Championship, May 23-28 – Louisville Slugger Field; Louisville, Kentucky

With the exception of the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center, each of the sites announced on Tuesday will be hosting an ACC Championship for the first time. Georgia Tech welcomed the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships most recently in 2015 and also served as the host school for the events in 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Charleston’s 5,100-seat MUSC Health Stadium is now the host site for both the ACC women’s and men’s soccer title games. The stadium will first play host to the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals and finals on Nov. 4 and 6, with the field consisting of the four teams that advance from quarterfinal matches on campus sites the previous weekend. This will mark the second year that the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship is held in the state of South Carolina and the first since Clemson hosted the event in 1996.

The 2016 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, which will feature first-round games, quarterfinals and semifinals at campus sites, will bring its championship match to Charleston on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Women’s Soccer Championship tickets are priced at $10 for both Friday’s two-game semifinal session and Sunday’s final. Fans may also purchase a $20 ticket that will grant admission to the women’s semifinals and both the women’s and men’s championship games. Youth (18 and under) will be admitted free, as well as any ACC student showing a valid school ID. Please see the following link: http://theacc.co/soc16tix for more information.

Both ACC Golf Championships are relocating to courses affiliated with McConnell Golf, which owns 14 courses in the Carolinas and Tennessee, and has previously welcomed the conference at two of its other facilities.

Opened July 29, 2016, the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College is the nation's largest single-surface facility with over 50 courts across 30 acres. This city-owned facility was built on property donated by Berry College and is located less than one mile from the main campus.

Louisville Slugger Field, which opened in 2000, boasts a seating capacity of 13,131. Home to the Louisville Bats’ minor league team, the stadium played host to the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game and features 32 private suites in addition to second-level club seating.

The unveiling of the new championship sites follows last week’s announcement that the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 3 at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Eight states within the ACC footprint are now scheduled to host at least one conference championship in 2016-17.

The ACC will announce additional details, including ticket information for all championships, at a future date. Please continue to check theACC.com.

September 28, 2016 - 9:12 am
Inside the 18 with Boyles, Johnston and Gray

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with sophomore defender Jen Boyles, junior defender Kari Johnston and junior midfielder Laila Gray.

What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

JB: I spent most of my time growing up in Fairfax, Virginia. There are a lot more people living in Fairfax than Blacksburg – more traffic and crazy drivers. Blacksburg is a lot calmer, and the mountains are a lot more beautiful to look at than suburban concrete.

KJ: Blacksburg has more of a small town feel than my hometown. I do love Richmond, but there really is nothing better to me than fall time in Blacksburg.

LG: There’s definitely a lot more things to do in Northern Virginia. Here in Blacksburg, it feels more like a close community because it’s a lot smaller and not near a city like Fairfax is.

Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

JB: My favorite spot to go on campus is the library, as nerdy as it sounds. It is a great place to take some time to yourself, delve into your studies and exist without any commotion.

KJ: There is a little bench on the Drill Field, right next to the April 16th memorial, that I love sitting at. I also love Lane Stadium on game days.

LG: I love going to West End. I eat there way too much, especially in the London Broil line. Deets also is one of my favorite spots because of all the different desserts they have.

What got you involved with soccer?

JB: My dad was recruited to play college soccer, so naturally my whole family is full of soccer players. I grew up watching my two older brothers play soccer, and I wanted to do everything that they did, so I joined a rec soccer team as soon as I was able to do so.

KJ: My siblings. I have three older siblings that all played soccer, and I wanted to be just like them, so my parents signed me up for soccer as soon as I could walk.

LG: I got involved with soccer because of my older brother Sharif. I always found myself playing soccer in the backyard, playing soccer video games or watching a soccer match on TV with him. I eventually got started on my own team. From there, my dad started to make me watch how-to videos on foot skills and bribed me with chips after every goal. Eventually as I got older, goals and playing well was rewarding enough.

Who was your role model growing up?

JB: My role models are my parents. They have sacrificed so much for our nation and my family in order to give us the best opportunities to fulfill our dreams. They push me to work hard and achieve my goals even when the odds are against me.

KJ: My role model has been and will always be my mom. She has taught me from day one to be the best person I can be. She leads through her example, and I hope one day I can be half the mom she is.

LG: Sharif was definitely my role model growing up. We had the most in common out of all my siblings because we just loved to play different sports. He always set a very good example for me on and off the field which inspired me to be better.

How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

JB: My time as a Hokie has been fantastic so far! I have met so many great people and friends. Blacksburg feels more and more like home every day. I can’t wait for the next three years!

KJ: My time as a Hoke has been amazing. This place is really something special, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

LG: My time as a Hokie has been amazing. The school is beautiful, the people are amazing and the sports community is super supporting. I love being a Hokie, and it’s an honor to play for Virginia Tech.

What advice do you have for future soccer players?

JB: My advice to future soccer players is that there is nothing you can’t do if you put in the time and effort. Some of the hardest roads yield the best rewards. At times, it may be extremely physically and mentally challenging, but keep pushing yourself.

KJ: I would say to enjoy every moment. Through the good times and the hard times, we are all going through it together and every bit of it is worth it. You will look back on these four years as some of your best memories in life.

LG: Work your hardest in practice and games. It’s the only thing you can control to become a better soccer player. Also, have fun! The game is a lot more competitive, passionate and enjoyable when you’re having fun!

September 21, 2016 - 8:44 am
Inside the 18 with McDaniel, Dadkhah and Goudy

The No. 19-ranked Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

This week, we sat down with freshman forward Chandler McDaniel, sophomore midfielder Anissa Dadkhah and sophomore defender Megan Goudy.

Q: What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

CM: Blacksburg is very different from my hometown Corona, California. Blacksburg is a lot prettier, and the weather is way different. It is very humid here. The biggest difference would have to be the rain because California is in a drought.

AD: There’s no beach here!

MG: I live in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, so Blacksburg is a lot different from my hometown. Blacksburg has an incredible small, college-town community. Everything is about Virginia Tech, and the community spirit is amazing. Raleigh is a lot bigger than Blacksburg, so it took a little adjusting at first, but Blacksburg is such a cool, unique place. I love it here.

Q: Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

CM: My favorite spot to go on campus would have to be Thompson Field because playing under the lights is the greatest feeling ever.

AD: My favorite spots to go on campus are definitely the Virginia Tech women’s soccer locker room and West End.

MG: I love to go study at Torgerson Bridge. It reminds me a little bit of Hogwarts for some reason. It is so quiet and the lights are always dimmed perfectly. It's the perfect place to go when I need to focus. I also love the Drill Field. It makes my day whenever I see the cadets running around playing football or when there are festivals and pop-up booths supporting clubs, fraternities and special events along the sidewalks. It's so fun.

Q: What got you involved with soccer?

CM: My dad got me involved with soccer when I was four years old. He forced me to play on a team, and I haven’t done anything else since.

AD: My older sisters played soccer, and my dad watched professional soccer games a lot when I was growing up.

MG: When I was young, my parents thought it would be a fun sport for me to try. After I scored my first goal, I immediately followed it up with a celebratory cartwheel. After that, my parents knew it was the perfect sport for me. I haven't stopped loving it since.

Q: Who was your role model growing up?

CM: My role model growing up was my dad. He always pushed me to be the best that I could be. He told me to never give up.

AD: My sisters.

MG: My parents have always been my role models. I have looked up to them my whole life. They are wonderful people, and I respect everything they have taught me growing up.

Q: How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

CM: My time as a Hokie has been great. I love everything about the school, and I cannot wait to see what the next four years have in store for me.

AD: It has been awesome. The team is a second family, and it has been so fun getting to know my teammates more and more throughout my first year here.

MG: I love being a Hokie. Deciding to come to Virginia Tech was the best decision I ever made. I am so happy here. Virginia Tech's school, sports, academics, spirit, community and people are just incredible. I can't picture myself anywhere else.

Q: What advice do you have for future soccer players?

CM: My advice for future players would be to make sure you pass the fitness test because being unfit sucks.

AD: Watch the game! Watch the Champions League and the Spanish League. You will learn a lot by just watching the best players in the world.

MG: To have fun with it, always. Always give it your all and never hold back.

September 20, 2016 - 4:37 pm
Hokies fall in national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team dropped from 17th place to 19th place in the NSCAA poll this week. Tech is sixth of seven ACC teams in the top 25. Virginia is second and Florida State is third. Three of the top seven teams in the nation are ACC teams, including the Hokies’ next home opponent, Duke. The Blue Devils are ranked seventh and visit Thompson Field on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Hokies will travel to No. 18 North Carolina on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies fell to 23rd from 16th. In the Soccer America poll, Tech falls to 18th from 17th.

NSCAA poll

TopDrawerSoccer.com poll

Soccer America poll

September 14, 2016 - 2:44 pm
Inside the 18 with Fink, Foxhall and McGlynn

The No. 17-ranked Virginia Tech women’s soccer team boasts a roster of talented, skilled and interesting student-athletes. In an effort to learn more about their lives on and off the pitch, HokieSports.com will interview select Virginia Tech women’s soccer players each week.

The Tech goalkeepers will kick off our list, as we sit down with senior Blayne Fink, sophomore Zoe Foxhall and freshman Mandy McGlynn.

Q: What differences are there from your hometown to Blacksburg?

BF: Fortunately, my hometown of Chesterfield, Virginia, and Blacksburg are very similar. I love both of them. However, I think Blacksburg is a little more “small town” compared to home. The community here is really tight knit. Blacksburg also offers a lot of recreation, such as hiking or tubing, within a short distance. It’s easy to do a lot in one day with little travel.

ZF: Blacksburg is more rural than Leesburg and closer to the mountains, but the people are similar. However, the drivers are nicer down here.

MM: I lived very close to the beach back at home, so not having a beach here is very different. However, I was never really around mountains or have experienced all four seasons before, so that is something that I really like about Blacksburg. It’s different.

Q: Where are your favorite spots to go on campus?

BF: Not sure if this is considered on campus, but Cabo Fish Taco is always a go-to. Nothing beats their Taco Tuesday deals. I also love the Moss Arts Center. I spend a lot of time in there because of my major, and I think it’s an awesome building for hands on learning.

ZF: My favorite spot is the patio area behind Smith. It’s relaxing.

MM: Chipotle! West End, and of course, Thompson Field!

Q: What got you involved with soccer?

BF: I think like most four or five year olds. My parents signed me up to play rec soccer, and it just grew from there. I absolutely loved it. My dad also paid me $1 for every goal I scored when I was little, so I’m sure that made me love it even more.

ZF: My older brothers played growing up, so it became the Foxhall thing to do. We were one hundred percent a soccer family.

MM: When I was three years old, my mom coached my older brother’s soccer team. I would practice with them all the time. My mom saw that I really enjoyed it and was good (as good as a three-year-old can be), so she signed me up to play, and I have been playing soccer ever since.

Q: Who was your role model growing up?

BF: My parents. They taught me more about humility, respect and life in general than I ever could have learned from anyone else. Life can throw curveballs at you sometimes, and I don’t know a lot of people who have handled those curveballs better than my parents.

ZF: My role model was Holly King. She was the first person I watched play at every level, including pro. It inspired me.

MM: My mom has been my role model growing up. She’s always supported my dreams and has helped me as much as she could to purse them. She has been there for every milestone and accomplishment I have ever achieved. She is my role model. I want to have as big a heart as her someday.

Q: How has your time as a Hokie been so far?

BF: Best years of my life. Without a doubt. I have wanted to be a Hokie my whole life, but to actually be a student here and be a part of this awesome community is amazing. The people I have met here and the doors that have opened because I chose to attend Virginia Tech is something that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.

ZF: Great! I have never felt more at home. I love Virginia Tech.

MM: My time as a Hokie has been great! It has been so much fun to share the pride of being a Hokie with so many people. I love being a part of the school spirit. I can’t wait for the next three years as a Hokie.

Q: What advice do you have for future soccer players?

BF: For those who are just starting out and are looking to play at the collegiate level, my advice would be to enjoy every single moment and embrace all aspects of it, even the tough parts. Some of my best memories and friendships have been because of soccer, so go at it head on. Work hard, and have fun with it!

ZF: Play with passion and always with your best effort. The game is a lot more enjoyable if you put yourself into it.

MM: If you can get through preseason, you can get through anything. Just stay positive and play soccer!

For more information on Fink, Foxhall and McGlynn or any of the players on the 2016 roster, follow the program on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

September 14, 2016 - 10:47 am
Hokies move up in national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team climbed one spot, from 18th place to 17th place in the NSCAA poll this week. Tech is sixth of seven ACC teams in the top 25. Florida State is third and Virginia, Tech’s opponent on Friday night, is fourth. Four of the top 10 teams in the nation are ACC teams.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies moved up to 16th from 17th. In the Soccer America poll, Tech remains ranked 17th.

The Hokies have just one weekend match this week, as they travel to Charlottesville to open ACC action against arch-rival and fourth-ranked Virginia. Game time is 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium and the match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

NSCAA poll

TopDrawerSoccer.com poll

Soccer America poll

September 7, 2016 - 10:09 am
National polls released

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team fell to 18th place in the NSCAA poll this week. Tech is sixth of seven ACC teams in the top 25. Florida State is the top-ranked team and Virginia is third. Four of the top 10 teams in the nation are ACC teams.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies are ranked 17th. In the Soccer America poll, Tech is also ranked 17th.

The Hokies host the Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer Tournament this weekend at Thompson Field. On Friday, JMU and Boston University meet at 5 p.m., followed by the Hokies and Indiana at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, JMU and Indiana meet at 11 a.m., followed by Tech and Boston University at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.

NSCAA poll

TopDrawerSoccer.com poll

Soccer America poll

August 31, 2016 - 8:54 am
Hokies move up in national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team moved up to spots from 18th to 16th place in the NSCAA poll this week. Tech is sixth of seven ACC teams in the top 25. Florida State is the top-ranked team and Virginia is third. Five of the top 10 teams in the nation are ACC teams.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies are ranked 12th, up from 18th in last week’s poll. In the Soccer America poll, Tech is up four spots to 16th.

The Hokies host Ohio State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Thompson Field, before traveling to William & Mary on Sunday afternoon.

NSCAA poll

TopDrawerSoccer.com poll

Soccer America poll

August 24, 2016 - 12:49 pm
National polls are out following Week 1

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team opened the season with a pair of victories against SEC competition, but fell from 17th to 18th place in the NSCAA poll this week. Tech is seventh of seven ACC teams in the top 25. Florida State, Duke and Virginia ranked first, second and fourth, respectively. Five of the top 10 teams in the nation are ACC teams.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies are ranked 18th, up from 20th in the preseason poll. In the Soccer America poll, the Hokies are ranked 20th.

The Hokies return to action this weekend, as they host East Carolina in the home opener on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Thompson Field. On Sunday, the Hokies will travel to Harrisonburg to face James Madison at 7 p.m.

NSCAA poll

TopDrawerSoccer.com poll

Soccer America poll

August 22, 2016 - 12:40 pm
Four Hokies Earn All-Tournament Team Honors

Following a successful opening weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, four members of the No. 17/20 Virginia Tech women’s soccer team were named to the 2016 College of Charleston All-Tournament Team.

Seniors Candace Cephers and Murielle Tiernan, junior midfielder Madi Conyers and redshirt-freshman defender Kelsey Irwin were four of 12 student-athletes listed to the all-tournament team this past weekend.

A 2016 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy candidate, Tiernan scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick in the 13th minute to secure a 1-0 victory over LSU on Friday, Aug. 19. Conyers led the team with four shots on the night, while Tiernan followed with three.

On Sunday, Aug. 21, Cephers scored back-to-back goals in 87 seconds to secure a 2-1 win over Mississippi State in the final minutes of play. A native of Aurora, Colorado, Cephers made the most of an awarded penalty kick in the 89th minute to tie the game at one-all, followed by a header from Irwin’s free kick in the 90th minute for the go-ahead score.

Of note, Tech has started the season off 2-0 for the seventh year in a row.

The Hokies return to Thompson Field for their home opener against East Carolina on Friday, Aug. 26. First kick is set for 7 p.m.

August 17, 2016 - 10:03 am
Tech Lends a Helping Hand

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team traveled to Clendenin, West Virginia, to help residents rebuild from the floods that occurred in June.

The flood was the third-deadliest flood on record in the state, as it severely damaged or destroyed more than 1,200 homes. Many residents are starting to rebuild their homes and salvage whatever belongings they can find from the disaster that struck nearly two months ago.

With that in mind, coach Charles Adair and his team put soccer aside, rolled up their sleeves and spent a day last week helping families in need.

“We try not to focus on ourselves,” said coach Adair. “We try to take a break and focus on other people, especially with everything going on this time of year. We try to look at some other aspects of life and balance that.

“We had an opportunity to help some victims of the flood and contribute with our hands. We don’t have a lot of skill labor, but we can still step in and help clean up. It’s an opportunity for us to get some numbers out there to help a lot of families in need.”

The aid will slowly help rebuild what once was, but right now, people throughout the state must cope with a new reality, and Virginia Tech had the opportunity to be a part of that.

August 16, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Tech No. 20 in TDS Preseason Poll

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team ranks No. 20 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Women’s Top 25 Poll.

TDS Preseason Poll

Stanford ranks No. 1. Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe Florida State is No. 2, with Duke following at No. 3, Penn State at No. 4 and West Virginia at No. 5.

Virginia and Florida sit at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, while USC, UConn and Clemson round out the top 10.

Six of the Hokies’ 2016 opponents are preseason ranked: No. 3 Duke, No. 6 Virginia, No. 10 Clemson, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 21 Ohio State and No. 25 Boston College.

2016 Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer Schedule

Earlier in the preseason, the Hokies were ranked 17th in the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Division I Women’s Preseason Ranking.

Tech will open its 2016 season at the College of Charleston Tournament held on Aug. 19 and 21. Virginia Tech squares off against 2015 NCAA Tournament competitor LSU on Friday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m., followed by a match against Mississippi State on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m.

January 19, 2016 - 12:54 pm
Tiernan to play for U.S. Soccer U-23 national team

Virginia Tech forward Murielle Tiernan is participating in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team training camp, taking place Jan. 18-25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. The camp will conclude with a match against the full women’s national team from the Republic of Ireland on Jan. 25 at the U.S. Soccer NTC.

Tiernan, a junior from Ashburn, Virginia, is making her first appearance with the U-23 national team. She is Virginia Tech’s all-time leader in goals and points and was a 2015 third-team All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She also was a first-team All-ACC and All-Southeast Region selection as a junior. Tiernan is one of six current ACC players on the team.

The U-23 camp will be run by Janet Rayfield, who along with U.S. U-23 WNT head coach and U.S. WNT assistant Coach Steve Swanson has called up 26 players. Players born on or after January 1, 1993, are age-eligible for this year’s U-23 WNT.

For more information on the team and U.S. Soccer, log on to: http://www.ussoccer.com/us-under23-womens-national-team/stories

November 3, 2015 - 3:35 pm
NSCAA poll is out

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team fell from fifth to 12th place in the NSCAA poll this week. Tech is sixth of seven ACC teams in the top 25.

Although there will be a final regular season poll released next Tuesday, Nov. 10, .the NCAA selection show will be held on Monday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m.

The top three in the NSCAA poll are Virginia, West Virginia and Stanford. The Hokies defeated West Virginia in the second match of the season, which remains the Mountaineers’ only loss of the season. In an ACC scheduling quirk, Tech does not play Virginia this season.

NSCAA poll

October 27, 2015 - 2:10 pm
Hokies up to fifth in NSCAA poll

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team jumped from seventh to fifth place in the NSCAA poll this week. Tech is third of five teams in the top 10 and third of seven ACC teams in the top 25.

The Hokies battled top-ranked Florida State to a 0-0 draw on Thursday night and defeated Pittsburgh, 4-2, on Senior Day at Thompson Field on Sunday.

The top three in the NSCAA poll are Virginia West Virginia and Florida State. The Hokies defeated West Virginia in the second match of the season, which remains the Mountaineers’ only loss of the season. In an ACC scheduling quirk, Tech does not play Virginia this season. The Hokies travel to 14th-ranked Notre Dame on Friday night to close out the regular season.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

October 20, 2015 - 1:07 pm
Hokies make big jump in the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team made a big five spot jump, from 12th place to seventh place in the new NSCAA national rankings released on Tuesday. Tech is fourth of five teams in the top 10 and fourth of seven ACC teams in the top 25.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies improve from 11th to eighth place. The Hokies shutout Miami, 3-0, on Saturday night at Thompson Field.

The top three in the NSCAA poll remain Florida State, Virginia and West Virginia, which the Hokies defeated in the second match of the season. The Hokies host top-ranked Florida State on Thursday night at Thompson Field

NSCAA

October 13, 2015 - 1:11 pm
Hokies drop in the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team dropped three spots, from ninth place to 12th place in the new NSCAA national rankings released on Tuesday. Tech is fifth of six ACC teams in the top 25.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies fall from fifth to 11th place. The Hokies won at Wake Forest, 3-1, but lost at seventh-ranked Clemson, 3-2, on Sunday. Clemson climbed one spot to sixth in the NSCAA poll.

The top three in the NSCAA poll are Florida State, Virginia and West Virginia, which the Hokies defeated in the second match of the season.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

October 6, 2015 - 3:35 pm
Hokies remain steady in the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team remains in ninth place in the new NSCAA national rankings released on Tuesday. Tech is third of five ACC teams in the top 10, and third of six ACC teams in the top 25 in the nation.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies remain in fifth. The Hokies defeated No. 22 Duke, 4-2, in ACC action Sunday in Durham. The loss dropped the Blue Devils from the polls.

The top three in the NSCAA poll are UNC, Florida State and Virginia, followed by West Virginia, which the Hokies defeated in the second match of the season.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

September 29, 2015 - 1:18 pm
Hokies rise again in the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team improved one spot to ninth in the new NSCAA national rankings released on Tuesday. Tech is fifth of five ACC teams in the top 10, and fifth of seven ACC teams in the top 25 in the nation.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies jump seven spaces to fifth. The Hokies won a pair of ACC matches this past week, a 3-0 victory at NC State on Thursday night and a 3-1 win over Syracuse at Thompson Field on Sunday.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

September 22, 2015 - 1:10 pm
Hokies take slight fall in the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team remained in the top 10 in the new NSCAA national rankings released on Tuesday, but fell back one spot to No. 10. Tech is fifth of five ACC teams in the top 10, and fifth of seven ACC teams in the top 25 in the nation.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies fell to 12th place, down from eighth last week. The Hokies lost to then-No. 3 UNC, 2-1, on Saturday night at Thompson Field. UNC improved this week to No. 2 nationally.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

September 15, 2015 - 2:18 pm
Hokies climb in the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team jumped back into the top 10 in the new NSCAA national rankings released on Tuesday. In the NSCAA poll, the Hokies climb to ninth this week, after being at 12th last week. Tech is fouth of five ACC teams in the top 10, and fourth of six ACC teams in the top 11 in the nation. In all, seven ACC teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies improve from ninth place to eighth overall.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

Saturday night at 7 p.m., the ninth-ranked Hokies open ACC play, as they host third-ranked North Carolina at Thompson Field.

September 8, 2015 - 1:24 pm
Hokies in the national polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team fell to 12th in the new NSCAA national rankings released on Tuesday. In the NSCAA poll, the Hokies fall from 10th to 12th overall, despite a 3-0 week with two shutouts.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies improve from 10th place to ninth overall.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

September 3, 2015 - 9:01 am
Tiernan sets all-time goal mark

In case you missed it last night, Virginia Tech junior forward Murielle Tiernan scored in the 19th minute of the Hokies’ Wednesday night 4-2 victory over Longwood and in doing so, became Virginia Tech’s all-time leading goal scorer. The goal (right) was the 30th of her career, one more than former leader, Emily Jukich.

Tiernan now has 71 career points, which puts her in second place in career scoring at Virginia Tech. She trails all-time leader, former teammate Kelly Conheeney, by four points. She also now has 11 game-winning goals, placing her second on Tech’s all-time list, three behind Conheeney.

Tiernan is not the only Hokie moving up the all-time lists. Senior Ashley Meier is now tied for third in career goals at Virginia Tech, with 27. She is also fifth in career points, with 65, sixth in career shots, with 158 and 10th in multi-goal games, with three. In last night’s win over Longwood, Meier recorded her eighth career game-winning goal, tying her with Jukich for sixth all-time at Virginia Tech.

September 1, 2015 - 1:12 pm
Hokies remain in top 10 in major polls

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team remains in the top 10 of both major polls this week, following a win over James Madison and a draw with Tennessee.

In the NSCAA poll, the Hokies fall from ninth to 10th overall. Tech is one of five ACC teams in the top 10 and seven in the top 25. Virginia moves into the top spot, following Florida State’s loss to Florida over the weekend.

In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies remain 10th overall.

Here are the links to both polls:

NSCAA

TopDrawerSoccer.com

August 25, 2015 - 4:21 pm
Tiernan honored by TopDrawerSoccer.com

Virginia Tech junior Murielle Tiernan has been receiving a lot of notice for her strong start to the 2015 season.

On top of the all-tournament team at the Hoosier Classic and being named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week, Tiernan was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com national Player of the Week. The soccer website also named Tiernan to the Women’s Team of the Week.

August 25, 2015 - 1:09 pm
Hokies up to ninth in NSCAA poll

On the strength of their two wins in this past weekend’s Hoosier Classic, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team has moved up to ninth in the new NSCAA weekly poll.

The Hokies, ranked 13th in the NSCAA preseason poll, won the Hoosier Classic with a 2-1 win over host Indiana on Friday night and a 2-1 victory over No. 12 West Virginia on Sunday afternoon.

The ACC boasts five of the top nine teams in the poll and seven of the top 25 teams. In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Hokies move up to No. 10 (up from No. 11).

The Hokies have their home opener on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Thompson Field against James Madison.

August 23, 2015 - 8:12 pm
Three Hokies earn All-Tournament honors

Three Virginia Tech women’s soccer players were named to the all-tournament team at the 2015 Hoosier Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 13th-ranked Hokies won the event, defeating host Indiana, 2-1, on Friday night and No. 12 West Virginia by the same score on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Ashley Meier and juniors Murielle Tiernan and Candace Cephers were named to the team, joining Ashley Lawrence and Kadiesha Buchanan of West Virginia, Marissa Borschke of Indiana and Kassidy Rawdon SIU Edwardsville. The team was voted on by the head coaches of the competing teams.

August 21, 2015 - 10:58 am
Newest poll has Hokies in the Top 10

The Soccer America preseason poll was released this morning and the Hokies are ranked 10th nationally. This is the highest of the three major polls, as Tech was ranked 13th by the NSCAA and 11th by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

The Hokies are one of five ACC schools in the top 10 and one of six league schools in the top 25. Defending national and ACC Champion Florida State is once again top-ranked in this poll.

Tech will have an early top 10 match-up, as Sunday’s opponent, West Virginia, is ranked ninth in the Soccer America poll.

Here is a link to the Soccer America poll: http://www.socceramerica.com/article/65256/soccer-america-womens-preseason-top-25.html?edition=14292

August 17, 2015 - 3:15 pm
Hokies ranked 11th by Top Drawer Soccer

The preseason polls continue to be released and the Hokies are ranked 11th nationally in the poll release today by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Tech is the fifth of six ACC teams in the ranking. Defending national and ACC champion Florida State is the preseason number one team. Florida State will come to Thompson Field on Oct. 22 to face the Hokies.

The Hokies will see their first ranked team of the season this weekend, as they will face No. 10 West Virginia in the second game of the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Indiana. Tech will face six of the top 25 teams in the preseason poll during the regular season.

Earlier in the preseason, the Hokies were ranked 13th in the NSCAA preseason poll.

August 10, 2015 - 3:50 pm
Meier, Tiernan earn preseason accolades

Virginia Tech senior midfielder Ashley Meier has been named to the second team of the TopDrawerSoccer.com preseason Best XI. Junior forward Murielle Tiernan was named to the third team by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The website has released its top three teams, plus an all-freshman squad. The duo are two of 10 Atlantic Coast Conference players on the three teams.

The Hokies open play on Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m., against Indiana University in the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Indiana. The home opener is Friday, August 28 at 6 p.m. against James Madison at Thompson Field.

May 13, 2015 - 3:25 pm
Hokies enjoying playing internationally

Virginia Tech senior women’s soccer players Katie Yensen and Kelsey Loupee have traded in their Orange & Maroon for tickets overseas to continue their playing careers.

Yensen, a graduating senior from Falls Church, Virginia, has just completed her first season overseas with FCF Rapid Lugano of Lugano, Switzerland, which plays in the Serie A. Yensen played center midfield and had six goals and five assists. She was the only foreign player on her team and the only player who spoke English, as the remainder of the team all spoke Italian.

Though the experience was challenging at times, Yensen made friends and learned about the language, lifestyle and culture of her team.

She says she loved being able to continue her soccer career and pursue her love for the game overseas and it is surely an experience she will cherish. She was able to explore many parts of Switzerland and Italy in her limited free time. She will return to the United States for a few months until the next season starts up in July and August. She is planning on playing somewhere in Europe, possibly, Italy, Germany or England next season. After that season is completed, I will attend to medical school. She is currently in the application cycle for medical school.

Loupee, a graduating senior from Littleton, Colorado, is just now beginning her time with KR- Knattspyrnufelag Reykjavikur in Reykjavik, Iceland, which plays in the Pepsi League First Division. Their first game will be Thursday against the defending national champions. She will be playing in the midfield and is rooming with another American who played professionally at FIU. There is a player on her team from Iceland who played in the ACC at Pittsburgh.

Most of the players on her team speak English, so language has not been a major barrier for Loupee. She and her roommate were invited to her coach’s house for some traditional Icelandic food. Seafood is common in the island nation and lamb’s head was also on the menu. The temperatures in Iceland are currently in the 30s and 40s, but are expected to warm as the summer arrives.

Loupee and her roommate plan on travelling on their days off to see what the rest of the country looks like. There are volcanoes and hot water pools because of the geothermal activity on the island that Loupee is excited about exploring.

April 29, 2015 - 10:15 am
Hokies to walk in Great Strides event this weekend

http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/130_Virginia_Richmond?team_id=37153&pg=team&fr_id=3526

March 20, 2015 - 3:09 pm
VT vs Washington Spirit spring game info

The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team will face off against the Washington Spirit NWSL team on at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Maryland SoccerPlex for a spring scrimmage.

The Washington Spirit is a profession soccer club based out of Washington D.C. that is part of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The Spirit will be playing Saturday’s match as a preseason exhibition before the professional side’s season kicks off in a few weeks.

The Hokies’ are currently in the midst of spring training in preparation for the 2015 fall season, which will begin in August. They will field a team without most or any of the 2015 senior class. They are also without 2015 freshmen newcomers who will arrive in the summer for training. However, University of Tennessee transfer Gracie DeGooyer will be on the roster and participating.

Tickets are required for the game but are free. Ticket information can be found here.

There will be no official stats for the game but radio play-by-play will be available online here.

Game Info
Teams: Virginia Tech (NCAA) vs. Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Time: 7 p.m. (Saturday)
Place: Maureen Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex
Tickets: Free but required: purchase here
Radio: Online here

February 12, 2015 - 2:47 pm
#TBT: Hokies beat undefeated Virginia in 2013 ACC semifinal

#TBT to Nov. 8, 2013 when the #Hokies handed No. 1 UVa their first loss of the year in the ACC semifinal 4-2.

One of Virginia Tech biggest wins in program history came on Nov. 8. 2013, when the Hokies pulled off a historic upset in the ACC semifinals, knocking off undefeated and top-ranked Virginia in dominating fashion by the score of 4-2 in the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Senior forward Jazmine Reeves scored two first-half goals in the Friday-night contest before Murielle Tiernan and Katie Yensen each headed in goals to give the Hokies a 4-1 lead with twenty minutes to go. Virginia scored one more goal in the 83rd minute but was unable to make the comeback, propelling Tech into its first-ever ACC Championship game.

February 9, 2015 - 3:21 pm
2015 recruiting class ranked No. 24

Virginia Tech's 2015 recruiting class was recently ranked the No. 24 best class in the country by Top Drawer Soccer. Recruiting rankings are always tough to get right, and only time will tell how solid this class really is.

Head coach Chugger Adair sat down and talked about the incoming players to give Hokie fans some insight on what to look forward to.

In case you missed the release, here are the six Hokies who will join the team this summer and the transfer who has already joined the team this semester.

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January 15, 2015 - 4:16 pm
#TBT: Emily Jukich's 2008 season

For Throw-back Thursday today we’re going back to the 2008 season when Emily Jukich scored 15 goals and scored 31 points. Her 15 goals are the second-most in any single-season in Tech history and her 31 points are the third-most in any single-season in Tech history. Just this past season, sophomore forward Murielle Tiernan passed Jukich on the single-season points mark when she elapsed 34 points on the year. The 2010 graduate holds the Tech record for career goals at 29, but Tiernan is close behind her with 27 with two more years to play.

January 13, 2015 - 4:49 pm
2014 season-highlight video
January 8, 2015 - 2:44 pm
Q&A with Danielle King

Danielle King
Women’s soccer, Fairfax, Virginia

After starting every matchin each of the pasttwo seasons for the Tech women’s
soccer team, defender Danielle King graduates next May with a degree in human
development. She then plans on getting a master’s degree, and from there, pursuing a
career in education.

Q: Why did you decide to major in human development?
DK: “My major is human development, with a concentration in child and
adolescent development. I chose this major mainly because I have a passion for
helping people, specifically young children. This major focuses on the entire life
span of humans and has a mixture of different classes, which diversifies my
knowledge of human development. I also really liked that this major gave me the
basis for many different career options such as teaching, counseling or possibly
clinical psychology.”

Q: Are you going to pursue a master’s degree? Why?
DK: “My current plan is to pursue a master’s in education, which will advance my
knowledge about the education process as a whole and will allow me to gather more
insight into that occupation. Having a master’s degree will also make my
background more competitive during the job search process. The student teaching
requirement that is completed during the program will give me additional
classroom experience and will increase my confidence with the kids.
“I am still assessing a variety of graduate programs, but I'm very interested in a
partial online master’s program offered by Liberty University. This option really
interests me because it allows me to work while I pursue my degree. I am also
interested in coaching soccer at the collegiate level if the opportunity presents
itself.”

Q: Why have you decided on your particular career path?
DK: “My soccer career at Tech has given me many opportunities to get involved
with children and interact with younger students on and off the field while coaching
at camps during the summer months. These kids have so much energy and
eagerness to learn the game of soccer and are a lot of fun to hang out with on a more
informal level. I want to make a life-long difference in children’s lives and have
found such joy and fulfillment when I know that I have been able to influence them
in a positive and beneficial way beyond the soccer field. I'm confident I can find that
same fulfillment in an elementary teaching career.”

Q: Have you done any internships, co-ops, etc., and what did you learn from
these experiences?

DK: “This past summer, I worked at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, Virginia, in
the athletics department. I learned that there is still a lot of activity at a school even
during the summer months. My responsibilities included organization of a variety of
camp activities, coordination with other schools in the development of team
schedules and interacting with coaches and teachers as we prepared for the new
school year. I will be completing my field study this spring at a Blacksburg
elementary school in a kindergarten and first grade classroom. Since this will be
geared more specifically to my career path, I am really excited for that to start.”

Q: What are your future plans?
DK: “My plan is to get my master’s degree in education in a one-year program and
then apply for teaching jobs in Northern Virginia for the 2016-17 school year. I also
will be applying this winter and spring to collegiate soccer coaching jobs in the
Northern Virginia area.”

By Jimmy Robertson, Editor Inside HOKIESPORTS

December 30, 2014 - 11:47 am
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