Hokies shatter record book in first-ever meeting with VMI
Tech downs Keydets 9-0
August 31, 2004

Blacksburg, Va. - The Virginia Tech players controlled the ball for most of the match against VMI. By doing so, the Hokies set numerous records against the visitors from VMI, winning 9-0, putting Tech at 2-0 on the young season and dropping VMI to 0-1. Freshman Ashley Stinson recorded a hat trick in the first half, helping Tech to a 5-0 lead at the intermission.

Stinson netted her first goal of the night just 1:53 into the contest on a pass from Ashley Kinser on the Hokies first shot of the match. Kjersti Trout notched an assist on the play as well.

At the 19:02 mark, Stinson found the back of the net again on a cross from Erin Moore. Racing toward the right corner, Moore was able to find Stinson who blasted a shot in the right corner of the goal.

Junior Molly McCall got into the act 12 minutes later, scoring off a Moore corner kick. In the 34th minute, Kinser found Stinson in the middle of the box. Kinser took the pace, turned and fired on the out-of-place goalie. Not to be outdone, freshman Meredyth Gehrig stole the ball from a Keydet with 90 seconds left in the half and found the net in a straight on shot at the goal.

Tech did not let up in the second half, scoring four goals in a span of 21 minutes. After Ryan Johnson was fouled in the box, Kristen Verbit placed the ball in the right corner of the goal to increase the lead to 6-0. Two minutes later, Johnson helped fellow senior Kristel Jacobson score her first goal of the season with a lob to the left side of the box, where Jacobson put it in with ease.

Sarah Kammerer's cross from the right side to Shannon Poach on the far left of the box resulted in a score from 15 yards out in the 60th minute. Jacobson finished the scoring from five yards out with just under 17 minutes to play.

During the game, the Hokies' defense was phenomenal, not allowing the visitors to get a shot all night. Tech set three team records, tied one and nearly broke a slew of others in the route.

The Hokies' previous high for most goals in a match was seven, which was set on September 15, 1993 against Virginia Wesleyan. As a team, the most assists in a match was four, set on September 24, 2003 against Liberty. The most points in a contest was 16 against Virginia Wesleyan. Tech recorded nine goals, eight assists and 26 points in the victory against the Keydets. The Hokies equaled one mark on the evening, which was the number of corner kicks in a single game. On September 19, 1995, Tech was awarded 13 against Radford.

Stinson fell one goal short of tying the individual record for goals in a match of four by teammate Trout against Liberty in 2002. Kinser and Moore each had two assists, one short of Melissa Pao's three in 1996 against High Point.

The lone bright spot for VMI was in goal, where Jessica Rheinlander recorded 11 saves on the night.

"Although we set many records tonight, we need to come out quicker and have a better start," said Cagle. "Everyone played well tonight, but we have to focus and prepare for our next opponent."

The Hokies travel to College Park, Md., on Friday night to tangle with the Terrapins in the first-ever ACC match for any Virginia Tech team.