Moore, Hokies drop Radford, 2-0
Tech sets new program record for shutouts in a single-season
October 26, 2005

RADFORD, Va. - Sophomore Erin Moore (Poolesville, Md.) scored a goal and added an assist in the first half as the Virginia Tech women's soccer team closed the 2005 season with a 2-0 triumph over Radford, Wednesday evening at Cupp Stadium.

Moore, who had an assist on Tech's goal against No. 3 North Carolina, finished the season tied for second on the team in points with seven.

The Hokies, who were unbeaten in their final three matches, established a new school record with their eighth shutout of the season.

"Our team accomplished something that no other team at Tech has this year," Head Coach Kelly Cagle said. "To do it on a night when we didn't allow a shot was a good way to do it. For us to have the most the shutouts, against one of the toughest schedules in the country says something about our team."

The Hokies did not allow a goal in their final three contests. Along with Wednesday's victory, Tech also played to a scoreless tie with Maryland and No. 11 Boston College on the road.

Against Radford, freshman Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) gave the Hokies a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. The 5-foot-10 forward used her head to direct a Moore cross from the far side of the box into the goal at 24:21. It was Puglisi's team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Moore gave Tech a 2-0 advantage on her own. Following a scramble after a throw-in, the 5-foot-8 sophomore blasted a long shot high over the keeper from 25 yards away for her second goal of the year.

Tech dominated the flow of the game, out-shooting the host Highlanders 17-0.

Junior Mallory Soldner (Lanesville, Ind.) and red-shirt freshman Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) split the time between the pipes.

Earlier in the day, Soldner was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week.

"Tonight we had two things on our minds, getting the shutout and giving our seniors the proper send-off," Cagle said. "We are going to miss them more than they will ever know, both on and off the field."

The Hokies finish the season at 6-10-3 overall and 1-7-2 in the conference.