Hokies fall to UNC Greensboro
Tech drops a heart-breaker at home
September 18, 2005

Box Score UNC Greensboro 1, Hokies 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Amy Carnell's goal in the 62nd minute lifted visiting UNC Greensboro to a 1-0 triumph over Virginia Tech in women's soccer action Sunday afternoon at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.

The loss snapped the Hokies's three-game winning streak and also ended the team's scoreless streak at three. Tech had not allowed an opponent to score since the 79th minute of the team's 3-1 loss to Santa Clara on Sept. 4, a streak that lasted over 342 minutes.

"I feel sick for my team," Tech head coach Kelly Cagle said. "For the most part, we played hard, we played great attacking soccer and I hurt because of the result. We definitely created enough chances to win today, but if we can't bury our chances, we're going to have trouble against ACC teams."

Cagle's team controlled play for nearly the entire contest, out-shooting the visiting Spartans 14-6 and holding a 12-2 advantage on corner kicks.

However, Carnell used her head to direct a Nicollette DeLaine cross in from the near side of the net, from less than five yards out. It was the senior's first goal of the season.

"All the credit goes to UNC Greensboro," Cagle said. "I thought they had two really good scoring chances, and they buried one of them. I also felt we were a bit unlucky."

One could easily call the Hokies unlucky Sunday, as Tech had several more scoring opportunities than UNCG. Late in the first half, sophomore Ashley Kinser (Johnson City, Tenn.) crossed a perfect pass to Heather Hallberg (Richmond, Va.), who nearly snuck a header past Spartan goalkeeper Jennifer Stillman to the far side of the net.

Midway through the second half, senior Shannon Poach (Chesapeake, Va.) had an open shot from just outside the box that rang off the far post. Freshman Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) led the Tech offense with five shots, including three on net. All in all, the Hokies forced Stillman into making seven saves.

Tech (4-3-1 overall) will open play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this Thursday, when the team travels to No. 7 Duke at 7 p.m.

"We need to move forward from this game, and start to focus on ACC play" Cagle said. "I'm confident in the way my team is playing. I know that if we continue to play as hard as we've been playing, and as well as we're playing, we can compete with anybody."