Hokies shut out American
Hallberg tallies lone goal in Tech's 1-0 triumph
August 26, 2005

Box Score Hokies 1, Eagles 0
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore midfielder Heather Hallberg scored a first half goal, while junior goalkeeper Mallory Soldner made five saves as Virginia Tech opened its regular season with a 1-0 shutout of American University in women's soccer action Friday at Reeves Field.

Hallberg and true freshman Laurie Beth Puglisi took advantage of an Eagles' turnover in front of the net. The 5-foot-10 freshman found Hallberg with a long pass in front of the net to give the Hokies all the offense they would need.

Hallberg, who was the team's rookie of the year last season, scored her second career game-winning goal. Her first came at Wake Forest last season.

Soldner and the Tech defense did the rest, holding American scoreless on five shots on net. The 5-foot-11 junior made five saves to record her 12th career shutout.

After being outshot in the opening half, the Hokies held a 9-1 second half advantage in shots. This marks the second straight season that Tech won its first match of the season. Last year, the Hokies opened the season with four straight victories to springboard an 11-win season.

Virginia Tech (1-0) will play host to Virginia Commonwealth University, Sunday at 1 p.m.