Hokies fall in double overtime
Tech drops a heartbreaker to San Diego, 2-1
September 2, 2005

Box score San Diego 2, Hokies 1 (2 ot)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Leigh Ann Robinson's unassisted goal 1:51 into the second overtime period lifted San Diego past Virginia Tech, 2-1, in women's soccer non-conference action Friday evening at Spry Stadium as part of the Wake Forest Invitational Tournament.

"I'm encouraged with the way we played tonight," Virginia Tech head coach Kelly Cagle said. "We definitely held the ball a lot better than we had in our first two games. I'm just disappointed with the end result."

The Hokies, who played their second straight double-overtime contest, tied the match in dramatic fashion.

Sophomore Ashley Stinson (Acworth, Ga.) put home an 18-yard shot from the top of the box into the right corner of the net with 50 seconds remaining in regulation. It was the reigning Freshman All-American's second goal of the season.

"I appreciate Ashley's support of our coaching staff's plan to ensure that she will be one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the ACC," Cagle said. "She has made great use of her minutes."

Stinson's goal tied the game at 1-1, after Amy Epsten gave the Toreros the lead at the 86:28 mark.

For the first time this season, Tech was outshot in the contest, as USD held a 12-7 edge in scoring attempts. The Hokies fell victim to some bad luck, hitting the post on one occasion, and missing an open net on another.

"We had opportunities to win the game," Cagle said. "We can't expect our defense to hold teams for the entire game when we aren't putting away our opportunites on the other end. I am convinced, though, that when we start to bury those chances, we can be a very good team."

Tech goalkeeper Mallory Soldner (Lanesville, Ind.) made three saves in the losing effort. Sophomore Heather Hallberg (Richmond, Va.) and freshman Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) each chipped in a pair of shots for the Hokies.

The Hokies (1-1-1 overall) will complete the weekend tournament with another non-conference match, against No. 8 Santa Clara on Sunday. Kick off is at 11:30 a.m.