Emily Jukich records hat trick in Tech's 6-0 win over Radford
Gina Om nets game-winner with a penalty kick
August 27, 2006

Box Score Virginia Tech 6, Radford 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A penalty kick proved to be the game winner for the Virginia Tech women's soccer team in its win over Radford University, Sunday. Contested at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium, the Hokies notched six goals, including a hat-trick by Hokie freshman Emily Jukich.

It was Jukich who drew the foul from Radford's Jenna Ramer inside the 18-yard box during the 21st minute of play. Junior Gina Om converted the penalty kick, giving the Hokies the advantage. Five minutes later, Jukich knocked Tech's second goal past Radford's goalkeeper, Annaliese Yoder, from a Mary Elizabeth Newton assist.

A long throw-in to the box by freshman Julian Johnson followed by a flick-on header by Laurie Beth Puglisi prompted Om's second goal of the game and third for the season. Puglisi scored the Hokies' fourth and final goal of the half, capitalizing on a cross from Johnson.

The Hokies closed out any chances for a Highlander shot in the first half while putting 13 of their own shots on the board. Tech also led in corner kicks, 7-0, in the opening half.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Hokies drew a foul just passed the center line in Radford territory. Lindsay Alexander launched the free kick to Ashley Seldon, who flicked the ball to Jukich. Jukich converted the pass, notching Tech's fifth goal. Jukich made it a hat trick in the 71st minute with assists from Erin Moore and Johnson.

Sophomore Ashley Owens preserved the shut-out, stopping three Highlander shots in the second half. For the second game in three days, Tech took 24 shots during the game. The Hokies led on corner kicks 10-6. Tech continues to lead the series with Radford, 11-2-1, and improves its season record to 1-0-1.

The Hokies next travel to the UNC Greensboro Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sept. 1-3. Tech will play the host school Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a match against High Point University Sunday at 1 p.m.