Tech Falls to No. 10 Duke
Three team records tied in the 9-3 loss
October 17, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke scored six goals in a span of 33 minutes in the second half en route to a 9-3 defeat of Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The win pushes No. 10 Duke to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Hokies are 8-6 on the season and 3-4 in the ACC.

The Blue Devils opened the scoring 5:32 into the contest on a Darby Kroyer goal. Rebecca Moros was credited with an assist on the play. Eight minutes later, the Hokies' freshman, Ashley Stinson, netted her 15th goal of the season off a breakaway from 20 yards out. Senior Ryan Johnson made a spectacular pass to Stinson, who evened the score at 1-1. The goal moved Stinson into sixth place on the career goals scored list at Tech.

The two teams remained tied until the 34th minute of action, when Carolyn Ford found Kate Seibert eight yards out. Seibert beat sophomore goalkeeper Mallory Soldner for a 2-1 advantage. Just over two minutes later, Sarah McCabe found the back of the net off a Moros pass for a 3-1 halftime lead.

In the opening minutes of play in the second half, Duke tallied two goals for a 5-1 cushion before the Hokies were able to muster another score. At the 51:42 mark, Tech pulled to within three after a Blue Devil player was credited with an own goal.

At the 53:45 plateau, freshman Erin Moore found fellow freshman Heather Hallberg in the box to cut the deficit to two, at 5-3. Moore's assist was her seventh of the season and career. With the assist, Moore moved into sixth place on Tech's career assist leaders. She is tied with Joy Nsubuga, Victoria Sarfo-Kantanka, Emily Bielfeld, Heidi Skinner and Rache Hash.

After the Hokies pushed forward to try and tie the game, the Blue Devils ran off four consecutive goals for the 9-3 win. Lorraine Quinn, Carolyn Riggs, McCabe and McCluskey netted the final four goals for Duke. Kroyer, Moros, Seibert, Riggs, Lauren Tippets and Katie Roark were credited with assists on the goals.

For the game, Tech was out-shot 25 to seven by the home team. Duke also attempted five corner kicks to just one for the Hokies. Soldner amassed seven saves to four for her counterpart, Kate Straka. Both teams had eight fouls in the contest.

The nine goals given up by the Hokies are the most ever allowed in a single game by Tech. Previously, the record was eight by William & Mary, which was set in 1993.

"Our trip to Duke was a lesson on the road to try to make things happen at Virginia Tech," said head coach Kelly Cagle. "If you don't come prepared every game then you will be beat. Duke outclassed us today. However, we fought hard and competed until the very end."

Despite the 9-3 loss, the Hokies tied three school-records. For the season, Tech has now scored 34 goals and tallied 33 assists for 101 points. The 34 goals tied the school-record for goals in a season. The 1996 had 34 and it was also tied in 1999. The 1999 squad also had 33 assists and 101 points in the season.

The Hokies travel to Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday, Oct. 20th, when they face the University of Virginia. It will be the fourth meeting between the two schools.