North Carolina Knocks Off Tech
Hokies fall to No. 2 Tar Heels
September 26, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 2 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels used 35 shots, including 16 on goal, to defeat Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon by a 6-1 margin in front of a women's soccer record crowd of 1,183 at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. With the win, UNC improves to 9-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies fall to 6-3 on the season and 2-1 in conference competition.

Six minutes into the game, Lori Chalupny received a pass from Kacey White inside the box and beat Tech's Mallory Soldner for a 1-0 lead. The Hokies countered at the 12:05 plateau, when Molly McCall found a streaking Heather Hallberg, who blasted the ball past Tar Heel keeper Aly Winget to knot the game at 1-1.

UNC notched three more goals in the first half for a commanding 4-1 lead heading into the intermission. In the 17th minute, Jaime Gilbert found Heather O'Reilly in the box and made a beautiful pass through traffic to her. O'Reilly then found the back of the net for a 2-1 advantage. Kendall Fletcher and Kacey White recorded goals 1:27 apart with just under 20 minutes to play in the first half. Amy Steadman and Mary McDowell were credited with the assists on the two goals, respectively.

Anne Morrell opened the second half with a cross from the left side of the field to the right of the box where O'Reilly struck for her second goal of the game from 10 yards out. The Tar Heels added the final goal for the 6-1 final with just under 10 minutes to play. McDowell again made a cross, but this time from the opposite side of the field, where she found Leea Murphy for her first goal of the year.

For the game, 14 different UNC players had shots, totaling 35 on the day. Tech had five players total eight shots on the afternoon. The Tar Heels dominated in corner kicks, tallying 14, while the Hokies had four.

Mallory Soldner amassed 10 saves to only three for her counterparts. Winget gave way to Elizabeth Lancaster in the 84th minute of action. Lancaster had one save on the afternoon, which came with 49 seconds remaining in the contest.

"Many people did not expect us to be 2-1 in the ACC," said head coach Kelly Cagle. "We competed for 90 minutes, and one of our best scoring chances came in the final minute when Shannon Poach played the ball through to Ashley Stinson. We never gave up. In order to be the best, you have to play the best and our kids played their hearts out today against a very good North Carolina team."

Next up for Cagle's squad is N.C. State. The Hokies travel to Raleigh, N.C., for a 1 p.m. match-up on Sunday, October 3.