Johnson Scores First ACC Goal in Tech's Win Over N.C. State
Hokies upend Wolfpack, 1-0
October 3, 2004

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team posted its first-ever win over N.C. State Sunday afternoon, 1-0. With the win, the Hokies improve to 7-3-0 on the season and 3-1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. N.C. State has dropped three straight conference matches and now stands at 7-3-2 overall and 1-3-0 in the ACC.

Senior Ryan Johnson netted her first goal in ACC play at the 4:05 mark of the game for a quick 1-0 advantage. Freshman Heather Hallberg, playing near the right corner of the box, found Ashley Stinson, who one-touched it to Johnson across the box. Johnson then notched the only goal of the contest.

Defensively, the Hokies contained N.C. State's offensive production. Tech held the Wolfpack to six shots on the day, with only three recorded as shots-on-goal. Mallory Soldner had three saves in the match for the visitors. The Hokies recorded 11 shots in the game, with five being on-goal.

For much of the first half, Tech played on their end of the field, tallying five corner kicks in the opening period. For the contest, the Hokies totaled nine corners to three for N.C. State.

"This is one of our best wins to date," said head coach Kelly Cagle. "It was a tough ACC win on the road over a very good N.C. State team. We are finding out what it takes to win in the toughest conference in the nation. Overall, it was a great result for us."

With the shutout, Soldner moved into sole possession of second-place on the career list. She currently has 9.5 shutouts, including four this season. Stinson also etched her name in the record book during the game with her assist. Stinson tied Joy Nsubuga for most points in a season, with 26.

The Hokies return to action on Wednesday when they host Clemson at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start.