Old Dominion 1, VT 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak on Moseley Field to six games Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion. With the victory, Tech improves to 3-7-1 on the year, as Old Dominion falls to 2-7-1.
The Hokies and Lady Monarchs played a scoreless first half with Tech holding a 7-2 shot advantage. Old Dominion goalkeeper Stephanie Miller made four saves in the opening stanza keeping the Hokies' offense in check.
Nearly three minutes into the second half, junior Jessica Myers (Richmond, Va.) broke the tie and scored her fourth goal of the season. On the initial play, Myers dribbled past a Lady Monarch defender and attempted a shot but it was blocked. She gathered the deflection and managed to fire another shot from 18 yards out and beat Old Dominion keeper Stephanie Miller to give Tech the lead, a lead it would not surrender.
The Hokies added to their lead in the 63rd minute when sophomore Kristel Jacobson (Hampton, N.H.) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. Junior Emily Barnhart (Columbus, Ohio) crossed the ball from 15 yards out and Jacobson one-timed the ball into the net giving Tech a two-goal advantage. With her assist, Barnhart now has ten career assists, tying her with Shannon Otto (1996-99) and Carmen Chestnut (1998-01) as the program's all-time assists leaders.
The Lady Monarchs, who outshot the Hokies 10-5 in the second stanza, capitalized on a Tech foul in the 70th minute of play. Off a direct kick, junior Diane Baucom served the ball into the penalty box and freshman Heather Vaughan headed the ball into the goal for Old Dominion's lone score.
Sophomore goalkeeper Natasha Dirda (McKees Rocks, Pa.) started the match for the Hokies and made one save. Dirda was relieved by junior Katie Hancock (Stockton, Md.) in the second half. For the Lady Monarchs, Miller logged 60 minutes in goal and made five saves, while junior Kristen Bailey made two saves in 30 minutes.
The Hokies will return to action on Friday, Oct. 11, when they host Boston College on Moseley Field. The BIG EAST Northeast Division match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Goals by period 1 2 F
Old Dominion (2-7-1) 0 1 - 1
Virginia Tech (3-7-1) 0 2 - 2
1. 47:55 VT MYERS, Jessica (unassisted)
2. 62:58 VT JACOBSON, Kristel (BARNHART, Emily)
3. 69:56 ODU VAUGHAN,Heather (BAUCOM,Diana)
Shots: Old Dominion 12, Virginia Tech 12
Saves: Old Dominion 7 (BAILEY,Kristen 2; MILLER,Stephanie 5), Virginia Tech 1 (DIRDA, Natasha 1)