Tech Knocks Off Miami, 2-0
Hokies advance to ACC quarterfinals
October 31, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - After battling to a scoreless tie at the intermission, Virginia Tech posted two second half goals en route to a 2-0 victory over Miami in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. With the win, the Hokies improve to 11-7 on the season, while the Hurricanes fall to 3-13.

In its first-ever postseason contest, Tech opened the game with two corner kicks and two shots in the opening 10 minutes of competition before Miami produced a corner. The Hokies' Ashley Stinson had two scoring opportunities in the first 16 minutes, but misfired on her attempts. Between the two Stinson shots, Shannon Poach blasted a hard shot from 20 yards out, only to have Miami's goalkeeper, Alex Alford, make a save.

The Hurricanes' first shot on goal came off the foot of Julie Brooks in the 19th minute, but Mallory Soldner corralled the attempt.

Tech out-shot Miami seven to four in the opening half, including four shots on goal to just two for the Hurricanes. However, Soldner and Alford made clutch saves to preserve a 0-0 tie at the intermission.

Miami came out as the aggressor in the opening minutes of the second half, firing four shots before Tech's Ashley Stoutland attempted the Hokies' first shot of the period at the 57:04 mark, which Alford saved.

At the 59:06 plateau, Stoutland netted what turned out to be the game-winner after receiving a cross from Poach. Meghan Devine played the ball to Poach on the left side of the field into the box, where Poach found Stoutland along the right side of the box 10 yards out. Stoutland recorded her third goal of the season and her first-ever game-winning goal.

Ryan Johnson blasted two shots over the next two minutes of action, but could not convert on either shot. In the 70th minute of action. Kristen Verbit intercepted a Miami pass and chipped it ahead to Stinson, who promptly put the Hokies up 2-0. The goal was Stinson's 17th on the season and moved her into a tie for fifth-place on the career goals scored list at Tech with Jessica Myers, who played from 2000-2003. Stinson's goal was also her 71st shot of the season, breaking the single-season record of shots held by Wendy Kotwas in 1999. Kotwas attempted 70 during that season.

Over the final 20 minutes of action, Miami had four shots, but two were saved by Soldner and the other two were blocked by Tech defenders. The Hokies had five shots in the closing minutes, but could not convert as Alford saved two and Hurricane players blocked two. The fifth shot was just high of the goal.

For the game, Tech out-shot Miami 18 to 16. The Hokies totaled 11 shots on goal, while the Hurricanes managed seven. Tech tallied six corners to just two for Miami. Alford recorded a game-high nine saves. Soldner amassed seven on the afternoon. Each team was whistled for six fouls.

Tech will play Virginia on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C. The start time of the game will be announced by the ACC on Monday, Nov. 1.