Hokies Defeat Hurricanes 2-1
Tech sets three team records in win
October 24, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech used two second half goals to beat Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season finale for both schools by a 2-1 score. With the win, the Hokies improve to 9-7 overall and 4-5 in the ACC. The Hurricanes fall to 3-11 on the season and 1-8 in league competition.

In the opening minute of play, Miami's leading scorer, Lindsey Yach, pushed a shot just left of the goal. Tech's Molly McCall tried to counter three minutes later, but the first shot of the game for the home team was wide left of the net. The Hurricanes tallied two shots on goal and two corner kicks in a span of 3:39, but came away empty each time because the Hokies' goalkeeper, Mallory Soldner, corralled each shot.

Tech's first shot on goal was by Ashley Stinson on a breakaway, but Miami's goalkeeper, Alex Alford, charged toward Stinson and came up with the save. Stinson added another shot on goal at the 18:20 mark, only to have Alford deny her attempt.

The teams traded shots over the next 11 minutes, before Stinson rattled off three shots in a three-minute span, one of which was a shot on goal. Alford stuffed the shot on goal and made another huge save minutes later on a ball by Ryan Johnson, preserving a 0-0 tie at the intermission.

Tech out-shot Miami eight to six in the opening frame, but could only manage three shots on goal. The Huricanes tallied five shots on goal. Miami totaled three corner kicks to one for the Hokies in the half. The teams combined for 10 fouls in the opening 45 minutes of action.

Just over five minutes into the second half, Erin Moore received a pass from Stinson on the right side of the field off a cross. Moore then blasted a shot into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead for Tech. The goal was Moore's second of the season.

Less than a minute later, Yach retaliated with a goal of her own. Shannon Sanguinetti found a streaking Yach through the Tech defense, where she netted her fourth goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1 at the 50:52 plateau.

The teams battled for the next 20 minutes near the midfield, with Miami attempting two shots. At the 72:58 mark, Tech's Shannon Poach drilled a shot from the left side of the box, but Alford was able to punch the ball away from the net. However, the ball went right to Stinson, who scored the game-winning goal with just under 17 minutes to play in the game. Stinson's goal was her 16th of the season.

For the rest of the game, Tech continued to attack Alford and the Miami defense, totaling three more shots, including two on goal. Miami managed three shots as well, but none of the attempts were on goal.

For the game, the Hokies out-shot their counterparts 16 to 13. Tech tallied 11 shots on goal to six for the Hurricanes. Alford recorded nine saves, while Soldner managed five. Miami totaled five corners to four by the Hokies. The teams combined for 15 fouls and two yellow cards. Miami's Lauren Berardicurti and Tech's Kjersti Trout were each issued a yellow card.

The Hokies shattered three team records in the game. Moore's goal was the 35th on the season by Tech, breaking the record of 34, which was set in 1996 and tied in 1999. Stinson's assist on the play was the team's 34th on the year, breaking the record that was set in 1999. The 1999 team also had the record for most points in a season with 101. This year's team has totaled 106 points.

Tech finishes the regular season against Marshall on Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.