Hokies drop 3-1 decision to No. 9 Wake Forest
Robin Chidester takes three shots on the Demon Deacons
September 24, 2006

Box Score Wake Forest 3, Virginia Tech 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. - No. 9 Wake Forest women's soccer team defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 3-1, Sunday, at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The Hokies fall to 4-4-1 on the season and 0-2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Demon Deacons and the Hokies lined up in the pouring rain to kick off the first half of the game today. Both teams traded shots in the first thirty minutes, but it was Wake that earned the first goal of the game. Sarah Winslow dribbled towards the net, and while Tech's Erin Moore was even with Winslow, Moore slipped on the wet field and Winslow was able to put one in.

Although there were no more goals during the quarter, Tech's goalkeeper Mallory Soldner made a huge save for Tech. As Wake's Jill Hutchinson took a shot on the far corner, Solder slid across the goalmouth, preventing the ball from hitting its mark with her feet.

The rain let up slightly in the second half, and both teams took advantage of the better conditions. Wake Forest earned a second goal, when Elizabeth Remy sent a long cross to Amy Smerdzinski, who was waiting on the far side of the box. Smerdzinski knocked the ball behind Tech's Soldner.

Both teams would trade own goals for the final two scores of the match. The Demon Deacons' Hutchinson dribbled the ball down the field, causing Soldner to come off her line. Hutchinson faked Soldner and took a shot on the open net. Tech's Kylie Stankovics tried to dive for the save, but the ball took a deflection off her foot into the Hokie goal.

Wake Forest's own goal developed off a Hokie corner kick. Moore launched the ball into the box and Wake's Bess Harrington took a bad kick for the score.

Both teams were even in shots with 11, Wake led in corner kicks, 5-2. The Demon Deacon's Laura Morse had six shots, while Soldner had two.

"I'm happy with our effort on going to the ball, especially in the first half," Virginia Tech head coach Kelly Cagle said. "I thought we had a great start today and we were a little unlucky in the first (Wake Forest) goal. Having said that, if we let up three goals in every ACC game, we're not going to win a game this year. If we stop that, I think we'll improve."

Tech hits the road for its next two ACC matches. On Thursday, Tech will face Miami and on Sunday, Florida State and the Hokies square off.