Tech falls to No. 10 Tennessee 4-3 in exhibition match
Hokies notch 11 shots at the Lady Volunteers in preseason scrimmage
August 14, 2006 BLACKSBURG, VA - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 10 Tennessee in a preseason exhibition match Monday at the Tech Soccer Stadium. The game served as the first of two preseason matches, leading up to the season opener Aug. 25 against George Mason at 7 p.m. at the Tech Soccer Stadium. Tennessee hit the back of the net first when Ali Christoph scored on a rebound from Emily Redberg in the tenth minute of the match. The Lady Vols recorded their second goal when Kylee Rossi's shot went behind Hokie goalkeeper Ashley Owens at the 13:47 mark. Tech junior Ashley Kinser put the Hokies on the board in the 23rd minute. Defeating her defender, Kinser launched the ball from the left wing past Lady Vol goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson. In the second half, Tech tied the score up when freshman Julian Johnson put away another goal for the Hokies in the 57th minute. The Lady Vols' keeper came off her line and Johnson took advantage, dribbling past her and launching a shot from the wing. Tennessee and Virginia Tech traded goals to keep the score tied at three. The Lady Vols' Emily Redberg recorded her goal in the 60th minute, while Laurie Beth Puglisi countered with a header in the 65th minute. Puglisi's goal was assisted by a Hokie free kick, taken by Robin Chidester. Tennessee's game winner came in the 76th minute from the penalty spot. Devon Swaim was fouled inside the 18-yard-box, giving her the free kick. Although the Hokies were defeated by Tennessee, Tech outshot the Lady Vols 11-10. The combined efforts of goalkeepers Ashley Owens and Mallory Soldner also garnered three saves over Tennessee's two. Puglisi, Johnson and Chidester led the team in shots, with each player taking two shots each. Virginia Tech travels to Richmond, Va., Saturday for the second preseason exhibition against Virginia Commonwealth University. The match is set for 7 p.m. The 2006 season begins with Tech's home-opener against George Mason Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.