Soldner's seven saves helps Tech tie Terps
Junior keeper etches her name in the school record books
October 19, 2005 COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior goalkeeper Mallory Soldner (Lanesville, Ind.) made seven saves Wednesday night as Virginia Tech played to a scoreless tie with Maryland in an Atlantic Coast Conference women's soccer match at Ludwig Field. For Soldner, the seven-save performance was more than just another shutout. It moved her into a first-place in the school record books for most career shutouts. The 5-foot-11 keeper's 15.5 shutouts matches the career total of Hope Handley, who played at Tech from 1994-97. Both teams had several chances go awry throughout the match Wednesday. In the 38th minute, Ashley Stinson (Acworth, Ga.) was one-on-one with Maryland's goalkeeper Nikki Resnick, but could not put the shot home from 12 yards out as Resnick made a diving stab. Soldner made some equally impressive stops. In the final 30 seconds of the first overtime, Maryland's Danielle Malagari blasted a shot from 20 yards out that the Tech goalkeeper tipped over the crossbar and out of harm's way. Soldner also got a little help from her friends. In the 70th minute, sophomore defender Lindsay Alexander (Oakton, Va.) used her body to knock down an Ashly Kennedy attempt on net during a scramble in the box. Stinson (Acworth, Ga.) and freshman Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) led Tech's offense with two shots each. The sophomore forward broke a string of three consecutive matches without a shot attempt, the longest of her career. Resnick made three saves, including a stop on Puglisi in the final seconds of the contest. This marked Tech's first scoreless tie since 1997, when the Hokies played Duquesne to a 0-0 draw. This is also the first time since 2001 that Tech has had multiple ties in a season. The Hokies (5-10-2, 1-7-1 in the ACC) will look to close out conference play with a win at No. 11 Boston College, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.