Hokies Extinguish Flames, 4-1
Stinson ties single-season record for goals
September 19, 2004 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech overcame a tightly contested first half against visiting Liberty University Sunday afternoon to win 4-1. Six different players tallied points on the day in the win. The victory pushes the Hokies' record to 5-2 on the season while the Flames remain winless at 0-4. In the opening period, Tech looked to open the scoring immediately as Ryan Johnson took aim from the left side of the box only to have Liberty goalkeeper Natalie Mayer record a save 40 seconds into the contest. The Hokies recorded two more shots on goal in the first half, only to have Mayer come up with huge saves. The first half saw Tech blast 10 shot attempts to seven for the Flames. Mayer had three saves in the period while Hokies' goalkeeper Mallory Soldner tallied one. Liberty attempted three corner kicks to two for Tech. Both teams totaled two fouls in the opening 45 minutes. Deadlocked at 0-0, the Hokies looked to push the ball and create more opportunities after halftime. The increase in tempo paid off as junior Ashley Stoutland streaked into space on the left flank and notched her first career goal at the 46:03 mark on a ball played through from Ashley Stinson. At the 53:32 plateau, freshman Erin Moore dribbled in the right side of the box and found Stinson to her left, who promptly put in the game-winning goal. Just over six minutes later, Stinson found the net again after freshman Heather Hallberg saw her streaking to the top of the box. With 5:46 left to play, freshman Kristen Verbit passed the ball to senior Nina Figueroa who chipped the ball over Mayer's head as she came racing out to make a play on the ball. Figueroa's goal was the first in her career. The Flames did not give up, tallying a goal with 4:29 to play. Alaina Hohnarth blasted a corner kick to teammate Kendall Bartholomew, who put her shot past two Hokie defenders for the final 4-1 score. For the game, Tech outshot Liberty 22 to 12. The Flames totaled more corner kicks and saves than did the Hokies. Liberty had five corners to three for Tech. Mayer had seven saves to three for Soldner. Stinson's second goal tied the Hokies' single-season mark for most goals. Tisha Truman and Joy Nsubuga each had 11 goals in a season. Truman hit the mark in 1993, while Nsubuga notched 11 goals in 1999. The Hokies will next play on Sept. 23 at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. against Wake Forest. The game is the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference home contest for Tech.