Cavaliers Upend Hokies, 3-0
No. 4 Virginia uses late surge to win
October 20, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For 60 minutes, Virginia Tech held the high-powered offense of No. 4 Virginia at bay. At the 59:41 plateau, Sarah Hoffman connected on her first of two goals to help lead the Cavaliers to a 3-0 victory over intrastate rival Virginia Tech. With the win, Virginia improves to 12-2-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies fall to 8-7 on the season and 3-5 against conference competition.

"We were awesome for the fist 60 minutes," said head coach Kelly Cagle. "I was really proud of our team for our fight and execution of the game plan."

In the 60th minute, Hoffman made a run into the box, where Noelle Keselica found her for a shot to the far post, giving the Cavaliers a 1-0 advantage.

Tech fought hard, but surrendered a goal to Kelly Hammond at the 76:48 mark, giving the home team a 2-0 lead. Lindsay Gusick was credited with the assist on the play. Ariel Thompson found Hoffman with less than four minutes remaining. Hoffman blasted a shot from 20 yards out past Tech's goalkeeper, Mallory Soldner, for the 3-0 final.

The Cavalier defense allowed just one shot in the game. The shot came off the foot of the Hokies' Ryan Johnson. Virginia amassed 24 shots, including 13 in the final frame. The Cavaliers totaled 12 corner kicks and did not allow one to Tech.

Soldner contributed 10 saves in the loss, while her counterpart, Christina de Vries, tallied one. The Hokies totaled 13 fouls to nine for the home squad. Tech was whistled for offsides on three occasions, while Virginia was called for one.

"We played the way we prepared for 60 minutes," said Cagle. "We were really good at what we tried to do. Our fight was better tonight than it was earlier in the season, but Virginia is the type of team that will punish you if you don't play all 90 minutes.

"It was a great response from our loss to Duke on Sunday. It just showed the resiliency and competitive spirit that we have."

The Hokies will take on Miami on Sunday, Oct. 24, in their ACC finale at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The game will start at 1 p.m.