West Virginia 2, VT 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the No. 8 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers in a cross-divisional BIG EAST match Wednesday afternoon on Moseley Field. With the loss, Tech falls to 5-9-1 on the year, while the Mountaineers improve to 15-1-1 overall and extend their unbeaten streak to 16 games.
The two teams played a scoreless first half with West Virginia holding an 8-3 advantage on shots and a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks. Tech's best scoring opportunity came in the 22nd minute of play when junior Emily Barnhart (Columbus, Ohio) broke free on a breakaway, but West Virginia goalkeeper, Laura Finley, denied Barnhart's attempt.
Tech threatened again in the 58th minute on a shot by sophomore Kristel Jacobson (Hampton, N.H.), but the shot was saved by a Mountaineers defenseman.
The relentless offensive attack of West Virginia prevailed in the second frame, as the Mountaineers outshot the Hokies 14-6. A goal by West Virginia junior Lisa Stoia in the 61st minute denied the Hokies' bid for an upset. Sophomore Leslie Barden played a cross from Lisa Zanti back to Stoia, who blasted a shot from 18-yards out past Tech goalkeeper Natasha Dirda (McKees Rocks, Pa.).
The Mountaineers added an insurance goal in the 68th minute on a penalty kick by West Virginia's leading scorer, Chrissie Abbott. A Tech holding infraction inside the penalty box resulted in the penalty kick, allowing Abbott to net her 18th goal of the season.
West Virginia's defense allowed only three shots on goal as it recorded its sixth consecutive shutout. The Mountaineers have not allowed a goal in more than 570 minutes of play.
The Hokies will conclude their BIG EAST season on the road this weekend. They travel to Jamaica, N.Y., for a match against St. John's Friday night and then to Storrs, Conn., to challenge the Connecticut Huskies Sunday afternoon. Tech will return home for its season finale on Oct. 30 when they face New River Valley rival, Radford, on Moseley Field.
Goals by period 1 2 F
#8 West Virginia (15-1-1) 0 2 - 2
Virginia Tech (5-9-1) 0 0 - 0
1. 60:44 WVU STOIA, Lisa (BARDEN,Leslie;ZANTI, Lisa)
2. 67:50 WVU ABBOTT,Chrissie (Penalty kick)
Shots: West Virginia 22, Virginia Tech 9
Saves: West Virginia 3 (FINLEY, Laura 2; TEAM 1), Virginia Tech 5 (DIRDA, Natasha 5)