Freshman Leads Tech To ACC Win In Inaugural Season
Stinson tallies two goals in conference debut
September 3, 2004

College Park, Md. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team opened up the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference contest for any Hokie program with a monumental victory over Maryland, 2-0, Friday evening. Led by the leading goal-scorer for Tech, freshman Ashley Stinson netted two goals within 1:34 in the opening half to give the visitors an advantage they would never relinquish. With the victory, the Hokies improve to 3-0 on the season while the Terrapins fall to 1-1-1.

At the 19:32 mark, Stinson received a pass from fellow freshman Ashley Kinser, who served the ball into the box before Stinson blasted a shot past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Nikki Resnick.

On a play that many thought was nearly an instant replay of the previous goal, Kinser connected with Stinson again 21:08 into the contest. Stinson received the ball in the box from Kinser. With Resnick playing out of position, Stinson was able to loft the ball over the goalie for a 2-0 lead.

In the first half, both goalies tallied three saves, but the Hokies out-shot the home team 11 to five. However, Maryland had several opportunities to score, amassing seven corner kicks to none for Tech.

Seven minutes into the second half, Maryland's Kelly Rozumalski got past two Hokie defenders and blasted a shot cross-post only to have Mallory Soldner dive to her right and punch away the best scoring opportunity for the Terrapins to that point.

Maryland tried to punch the ball into the goal several times in the closing minutes, but Tech packed in the box and played solid defense preserving the shutout.

For the game, Soldner totaled eight saves on 17 Terrapin shots. Tech had 18 shots, with 11 being on goal.

"I've told the players I've never been prouder to be a part of something," said head coach Kelly Cagle. "It was truly something special. The players stuck to the plan and we came out of here with a win. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Maryland and the ACC, but right now I'm very pleased but overwhelmed."

The Hokies tangle with Longwood on Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium in Blacksburg.