Hokies nearly upset No. 3 North Carolina
    Late penalty kicks lift UNC over Tech
    October 16, 2005

    Box Score North Carolina 3, Hokies 1
     
    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Despite Laurie Beth Puglisi's (Arlington, Va.) game-tying goal midway through the second half, No. 3 North Carolina used a pair of penalty kicks by All-Americans Kacey White and Heather O'Reilly in the final 13 minutes to hold off Virginia Tech, 3-1, in women's soccer action Sunday afternoon at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.

    For 76 minutes, the Hokies played the defending Atlantic Coast Conference regular season champions virtually even.

    Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Tech tied the game on Puglisi's team-leading fifth goal of the season. The 5-foot-10 freshman ran under a long pass from sophomore Erin Moore (Poolesville, Md.), and beat goalkeeper Aly Winget with a shot to the far side of the net. Senior Molly McCall (Falls Church, Va.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

    "I'm really happy for our team today. Not only for the way we played, but also for the effort we gave. It's very important for this young team to know that more consistant efforts like today will impact future results," Virginia Tech head coach Kelly Cagle said. "At the end of the day, again, we have to learn that you can't spot one of the best teams in the country a goal in the first five minutes, but from that point forward I thought we were awesome."

    Puglisi's goal marked the second straight year that Tech has scored a goal against the Tar Heels. Only Tech, Clemson, Virginia and Duke have scored against UNC in each of the last two seasons. Last season, Heather Hallberg (Richmond, Va.) collected Tech's tally.

    However, less than a minute later, the Hokies were called for a hand ball deep in their own zone, which set up Kacey White's game-winning penalty kick at 77:30. UNC added another PK in the 88th minute to seal the win.

    Puglisi, who scored a pair of goals at NC State last weekend, led the Hokie offense with four shots, including two on net. Freshmen Mauri Liberati (Warwick, Md.) and Kimberly Hickey (Richboro, Pa.) also collected shots for the Hokies.

    Junior goalkeeper Mallory Soldner (Lanesville, Ind.) grabbed seven saves in the contest, including six straight after surrendering an early goal to Lindsay Tarpley.

    "Every person on this team should feel a sense of satisfaction in the performance we gave today," Cagle said.

    The Hokies (5-10-1, 1-7 in ACC) will travel to Maryland on Wednesday to begin their final week of ACC play.

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