Hurricanes Knock Off Hokies
Virginia Tech drops 2-0 match to division rival
October 10, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team had more shots, more corner kicks, and more saves than the visiting Miami Hurricanes Friday night, but the Hurricanes capitalized on two good scoring chances to defeat the Hokies, 2-0. Virginia Tech fell to 7-6-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the BIG EAST Northeast Division, suffering its first shutout of the year. Miami improved to 8-5-0 and 2-1-0 in the league.

Despite the outcome, Hokie head coach Kelly Cagle said there were some positive aspects to the 90-minute match.

"It was just a little off tonight. We had some great runs on attacks, and then we would only have one or two people in the box," she said. "We can't ask our attackers to score three goals every night. The games where we scored three or four goals, but then let our opponent come back and beat us, will haunt us far more than a game like tonight. Miami only had about two really good chances, and they finished both of them."

In a match where the stats foreshadowed an evenly played contest, the teams lived up to that fact. The teams battled to a scoreless stalemate in the first half, and both squads produced seven shots. In the second half, however, Miami "actually came out to play," according to Cagle.

At 58:52, the Hokies tried to clear the ball out of their own box but wound up serving the ball right to Miami's Sheuneen Ta in front of the net. Ta slammed a shot to the left corner past Hokie keeper Mallory Soldner. Thirty minutes later, at 81:15, Hurricane leading scorer Lindsey Yach added her team's second goal. She received a pass through a crowd of Hokies from Britney Butcher and broke away for a goal from inside the box all-alone.

The Hokies finished with 18 shots, including eight (five on-goal) from senior Emily Barnhart. Senior Jessica Myers had five shots. The Hurricanes finished with 16. The Hokies also generated nine corner kicks to Miami's three. Soldner played another solid game in net for the Hokies, stopping eight Hurricane shots.

The Hokies travel to Norfolk, Va., to play Old Dominion on Sunday, Oct. 12. The match is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m.