Hokies Lose Heartbreaker, 2-1
William & Mary advances in NCAA Tournament
November 11, 2004

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Virginia Tech women's soccer team lost 2-1 to William & Mary in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday evening.

The Tribe improves to 12-6-4 on the season and advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they face North Carolina Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Hokies end their season at 11-9.

William & Mary was credited with the game-winning goal in the 37th minute, after it touched a Tech player to go up 2-1.

At the start of the contest William & Mary's Taline Tahmassian took the first shot of the game at the three minute mark, Tech's freshman, Heather Hallberg, netted the first-ever goal in the NCAA Tournament for the Hokies off a cross from junior Molly McCall at the 5:27 mark to put Tech on top 1-0. Hallberg's goal was her fifth on the season.

After an Erin Moore attempt that went just high from 10 yards out, the Tribe's Mary MacKenzie Greer scored the equalizer in the 18th minute of action. Lydia Sturgis was credited with an assist on the play.

William & Mary went on the attack with 15 minutes left to play in the opening half. The Tribe's Katie Hogwood blasted a shot inside the box that went off the cross bar. Trying to play the ball out of the box, it went off a Tech defender for an own goal and a 2-1 advantage for the Tribe.

William & Mary out-shot the Hokies in the opening frame nine to five. The Tribe recorded six shots on goal to three for Tech. Mallory Soldner amassed four saves in the half, while Kellie Fenton totaled two for William & Mary. The teams combined for 11 fouls, with the Tribe being whistled for six.

Both teams played even the second half, with the Hokies being the aggressor for most of the period. However, Tech could not produce the tying goal. Erin Moore had an opportunity with 10 minutes remaining, but her shot went off the cross bar. The attempt was with an empty net, as Fenton came out to play the ball. Several of the Hokies' eight second-half shots were just wide of the goal.

For the game, William & Mary out-shot Tech 16 to 13 and totaled 10 shots on goal to just three for the Hokies. Soldner recorded eight saves, while Fenton had two on the night. The Tribe tallied seven corners to four for Tech. The teams combined for 21 fouls on the evening.

As a team, Tech set seven school records during its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied one more.