Tech falls in Commonwealth Challenge, 2-1, Thursday
Emily Jukich records Tech's second goal against Virginia
October 13, 2006

Box Score Virginia 2, Virginia Tech 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Tech freshman Emily Jukich scored her first goal in ACC competition when the Virginia Tech women's soccer team fell 2-1 to the Virginia Cavaliers, Thursday, in Charlottesville, Va. With the win, Virginia claimed the point in the Commonwealth Challenge. Tech drops to 5-7-2 overall, and 1-5-1 in the ACC. Virginia improves to 9-4-2 and 4-2-1.

The first half ended scoreless for both teams, with each side limiting the other to under five shots. Tech had two shots, with Robin Chidester forcing the Cavaliers keeper Christina de Vries to make her only save of the half. UVa had four shots, with half of them saved by Hokie Mallory Soldner.

In the opening two shots of the second half the Cavaliers gained a 2-0 lead over the Hokies. Jess Rostedt was unassisted on the first goal, dribbling through the Tech defense and taking a shot from ten yards out at the 51:08 mark. Roughly five minutes later, Rostedt would earn the assist on the second goal, when she fed Kristen Weiss the ball, who cut in for her third goal of the season.

With three minutes left in the game, Tech put a shot into the net to get on the board 2-1. Julian Johnson crossed a long ball into the box. A waiting Jukich converted the cross for the goal, her seventh of the season. It is the second goal Tech has scored against Virginia ever and the first time the Hokies have found the back of the net in Charlottesville. The goal broke a seven-game scoring drought for the freshman, who notched six goals in as many games to start the season. The assist is No. 11 for Johnson, giving her 11 points in 14 games

Soldner and junior Ashley Owens split time in the net. Solder finished the game with two saves, while Owens stopped four. UVa's de Vries had one more save in the second half to bring her total to two for the game.

The Hokies split their five shots between five players, while putting three of the shots on goal. Virginia recorded 12 shots during the 90 minutes of play.

Tech travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at 1 p.m., Sunday.