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    Tech ties No. 11 Boston College
    Mallory Soldner earns second consecutive shutout
    October 23, 2005

    Box Score Hokies 0, Boston College 0 (2 ot)
     
    NEWTON, Mass. - Junior goalkeeper Mallory Soldner (Lanesville, Ind.) made 10 saves Sunday to earn her second straight double-overtime shutout, this time blanking No. 11 Boston College as Virginia Tech and the Eagles played to a scoreless tie.

    This marks the second straight scoreless draw for the Hokies. With its blanking of Boston College Sunday, Tech also matched the program record for most shutouts in a single-season with seven.

    Soldner also put her name at the top of the record books. The 5-foot-11 keeper now stands alone as the leader in career shutouts as a Hokie with 16.5.

    "Mallory was a class above today," head coach Kelly Cagle said. "Not only in the saves she made for us, but also in her overall demeanor. She definitely helped guide this team to a positive result today."

    Soldner kept the contest tight throughout. Midway through the second half, she made a diving stop on Kia McNeill, BC's leading scorer, after McNeill had broken free behind the defense. The junior keeper collected two of her game-high 10 saves in the final overtime period.

    On offense, the Hokies forced Eagles' goalkeeper Arianna Criscione into making five saves to earn her ACC-leading 12th shutout of the season. Sophomore Erin Moore (Poolesville, Md.) and red-shirt freshman Elizabeth Guise (Midlothian, Va.) led Tech's offense with two shots a piece.

    "I'm happy for our team, our effort is finally consistently matching what we talk about," Cagle said. "I think it's important for this team to realize that efforts like the one today will help us get better."

    The Hokies (5-10-3, 1-7-2 in ACC) will wrap up the season with a trip to Radford on Wednesday for a 7 p.m., match against the Highlanders.

    "Last week, we said we wanted to end the season better than we started," Cagle said. "I'm proud of the way our team has played, not only today, but the last three games as well."

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