Hokies Upset No. 19 Wake Forest, 3-2
Hallberg scores two goals in Tech's first ACC home game
September 23, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team made their first ACC home game a memorable one with a 3-2 upset victory over the No. 19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Heather Hallberg scored the first two goals of her collegiate career in the win on Sept. 23.

The win improves Tech's record to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. Wake Forest drops to 6-2-1 and 0-1 in the conference.

The Hokies controlled the action for the first 10 minutes of the game and did find the back of the net early, but a Tech goal in the 3rd minute was disallowed because the Hokies were offsides.

Wake Forest then controlled the tempo for the next 20 minutes, beating the Hokies to loose balls and peppering Tech goalie Mallory Soldner with shots. The Deacons registered 10 shots in the first 25 minutes of play. None of these resulted in a score, but Wake Forest's next shot in the 35th minute did. Sarah Cozey took a pass from Melanie Schneider in front of the Tech goal and beat Soldner with a point-blank shot.

The Hokies responded just two minutes later on a very similar play when Ashley Stoutland took a pass from Shannon Poach and drilled it past Wake Forest keeper Heather Currie. The goal was Stoutland's second of the season.

Tech regained control of the momentum and the game following Stoutland's goal and appeared headed to a 1-1 halftime tie. However, with the seconds ticking down, Kjersti Trout served a ball 35 yards over the defense and into the box. Ashley Stinson redirected the ball to Hallberg who scored with 2.4 seconds left, giving the Hokies a 2-1 halftime edge.

Tech wasted little time adding to its lead in the second half as Poach once again delivered a nice feed into the box and found a streaking Hallberg for her second goal of the night. The score came in the 50th minute and gave the Hokies a 3-1 advantage.

Things stayed that way until the 89th minute when Schneider, who assisted Wake Forest's first goal, raced past Tech's defense to take control of a loose ball. Soldner came out of the net to meet her, but Schneider blasted it by her. The score came with 1:55 remaining and left the Hokies clinging to a one-goal lead, 3-2.

However, Tech was able to hold off the late rally and escape with the critical 3-2 win.

"I couldn't be prouder of the way we executed," head coach Kelly Cagle said. "I'd like to be able to close teams out better, so that needs to improve. But for the most part, our kids hear the plan and they listen to the plan and that's why we've been successful thus far."

After Wake Forest's flurry to start the game, Tech's defense stiffened and allowed just five Deacon shots in the second half. Soldner finished with eight saves on the night and moved into sole possession of third place on Tech's all-time save list with 131. Currie finished with three saves.

"I have nothing but the utmost respect for Wake Forest and Tony (da Luz, Wake Forest's head coach)," said Cagle, who served on da Luz's staff from 1997-2001. "I was an assistant under him for four years and he really shaped me into the coach that I am. So that makes this win even a little sweeter."

The Hokies serve as the host for defending national champion UNC on Sunday, Sept. 26 in their next game. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.