Four Freshmen Lead Hokies Past Lady Monarchs, 3-1
Stinson shatters two school records
October 15, 2004

BLACKSUBRG, Va. - Four freshmen scored points for Virginia Tech as the Hokies knocked off Old Dominion 3-1 in a non-conference, record-breaking, contest Friday evening at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The win pushes Tech to 8-5 on the season, while the Lady Monarchs drop to 6-5-2 overall.

Freshman forward Ashley Stinson put the Hokies on top early, as she received a pass from freshman Erin Moore and netted her first goal of the evening at the 2:50 mark. The goal, Stinson's 12th of the season, was significant in more ways than one. It broke two school records, with the first being the single-season goals scored record for a Hokie. The mark was previously shared by Tisha Truman and Joy Nsubuga. Truman set the standard in 1993 and Nsubuga tied the mark in 1999. The goal also signified Stinson's 28th point of the season, breaking Nsubuga's record of 26, which was also set in 1999.

Moore's assist on the play was her sixth of the season, which is one short of sixth place on the career assist list for a Tech player.

Less than two minutes later, at the 4:43 plateau, Stinson scored her second goal of the match on a pass from the midfield by fellow freshman Lindsay Alexander.

The two shots by Stinson proved to be the only two of the half by the Hokies. For the remainder of the period, the Lady Monarchs controlled the tempo, putting the Tech defense to a stiff test. However, the Hokies would go into the intermission with a 2-0 advantage.

In the half, Old Dominion recorded nine shots, including three shots on goal. The Lady Monarchs also notched three corner kicks, while Hokies did not have any corners. It was a foul-plagued half, with the teams combining for 12 fouls.

After putting more pressure on the Old Dominion defense for the first five minutes of the second frame, the Lady Monarchs were able to gain possession of the ball and were able to pull within one at 2-1 when Laura Beeman scored on a blast from 18 yards out on an assist by Lisa McKenzie with nearly 35 minutes to play in the contest. The goal was Beeman's ninth on the season and McKenzie's second assist.

The two teams battled for possession over the next 25 minutes of action, with both squads having ample opportunities to score. However, neither team was able to convert until the final minute of action.

Freshman Heather Hallberg found a streaking Stinson running past two Lady Monarch defenders into the box with just under a minute to play. Hallberg then placed it to Stinson, who found the back of the net for her third goal of the night and the 3-1 final score. The hat trick was Stinson's second of the season, with the first coming against VMI.

For the game, both teams recorded 14 shots. Each squad tallied three corner kicks as well. Mallory Soldner corralled three saves to two for her counterpart, Stephanie Miller. Tech was whistled for 15 fouls in the game, while the Lady Monarchs had 12. A yellow card was called on Old Dominon's bench in the second half.

The Hokies return to action on Sunday, when they travel Durham, N.C., to face Duke in a 2 p.m. contest.