Tech shuts out College of Charleston
Liberati, Poach tally goals to power Hokies past Cougars
September 9, 2005 MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Freshman Mauri Liberati's (Warwick, Md.) goal in transition less than three minutes in proved to be the game-winner as the Virginia Tech women's soccer team downed the College of Charleston, 2-0, Friday at the the Quality Inn & Suites Classic being held at Patriots Point Field. The Hokies snapped a three-match winless streak Friday and evened their record at 2-2-1. "I thought we played well tonight," Tech head coach Kelly Cagle said. "It's always nerve-racking when you play a team that we respect, like the College of Charleston, and to go in knowing we need to get some wins." Liberati took a lot of the pressure off early. The 5-foot-11 midfielder correlled a loose ball 20 yards out and sent a shot past the goalkeeper on the right side at the 2:25 mark. It was Liberati's first goal as a member of the Hokies. Early in the second half, Shannon Poach (Chesapeake, Va.) gave Tech a little more breathing room. The senior forward burried a free kick from 18 yards out to give the Hokies a 2-0 advantage at 58:07 of the second half. It was the senior's first goal of the season. "I was very pleased with the way we played in the second half, especially in the last 10-15 minutes," Cagle said. "They put some pressure on, but our defense handled it. We showed a lot of poise at midfield." Tech outshot the Cougars 11-5 in the match, and forced C of C goalkeeper Erin Smith into making five saves. Goalkeeper Mallory Soldner (Lanesville, Ind.), made a pair of saves to earn her second shutout of the season. "We had some of our best soccer of the year tonight," Cagle said. "I think because of our tough schedule, our learning curve is a lot faster this year. We seem more comfortable in pressure situations." The Hokies (2-2-1 overall) will complete the weekend tournament with another non-conference bout against Wofford, Sunday at noon.