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Hokies rout Miami, 5-0
McCall's four-point night sparks Tech
September 29, 2005

Box Score Hokies 5, Miami 0
 
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Senior midfielder Molly McCall (Falls Church, Va.) scored a goal and added a pair of assists Thursday evening as the Virginia Tech women's soccer team trounced the University of Miami, 5-0, in an Atlantic Coast Conference match played at the Tech Soccer Stadium.

The win snaps Tech's three-match losing streak and moves them back to .500 overall and to 1-2 in the ACC.

"I'm obviously very pleased with the effort tonight," Hokies assistant coach Dan Cagle said. "We got off to a very good start, and really everybody who played did an awesome job."

Tech put pressure on the Miami net early and often Thursday night. But it wasn't until McCall scored with a long shot from outside the box in the 33rd minute that the Hokies really got rolling. The 5-foot-3 senior intercepted a ball in the middle of the field and scored on a side-winding shot for the fourth goal of her career.

Less than six minutes later, Tech found the net again as Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) took the ball through three defenders and beat Miami goalkeeper Lauren McAdam with a 10-yard shot into the near corner. It was the true freshman's second goal of the season. Another freshman, Mauri Liberati (Warwick, Md.), was credited with an assist on the play.

"When we subbed Shannon Poach, Erin Moore, Meghan Devine and Laurie Beth Puglisi in midway through the half, it changed the game," Cagle said. "It gave us a big lift."

Miami could never recover. Early in the second half, Tech made it 3-0 on Shannon Poach's (Chesapeake, Va.) second goal of the season off a corner kick. Sophomore Erin Moore's (Poolesville, Md.) corner could not be corralled by the keeper and Poach gathered the loose ball and sent it to the back of the net.

Less than three minutes later, Tech notched another goal as Liberati become the fourth different Tech player to score Thursday, on a pass from McCall. The Hokies' final tally came off some fancy passing as McCall and Ashley Stinson (Acworth, Ga.) executed a perfect touch-and-go to Heather Hallberg (Richmond, Va.) for the midfielder's second goal of the season at 67:10.

Tech set season-highs in goals and shots (20) against the Hurricanes Thursday.

The five goals scored by Virginia Tech was the most since a nine-goal outburst against VMI on Aug. 31 of last year. This also marked the most goals scored an the largest margin of victory for a Tech team against an ACC opponent.

"We played good soccer for the full 90 minutes," Cagle said. "If we can continue to compete like this, we can play with anybody."

The Hokies (5-5-1 overall, 1-2 in ACC) will face No. 8 Florida State (8-2, 1-2) Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium in another key conference match.

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