Hokies fall to No. 2 North Carolina, 1-0
Ashley Owens ties season high in saves with seven
October 15, 2006 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 1-0, in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday. The outcome was the smallest margin of victory UNC has had over the Hokies. Tech falls to 1-6-1 in the ACC and 5-8-2 overall. UNC is 16-1-0 overall and 8-0-0 in conference play. Both teams had their chances as the Hokies held the Tar Heels scoreless in the first half. Tech had three shots, two of which were on UNC's goalkeeper Anna Rodenbough. The Tar Heels led in shots with 10 and in corners with five. Tech's keeper Ashley Owens, earning her first start of the season and second of her career, made five saves in the opening stanza, over Rodenbough's two saves. Nine minutes into the second half, Yael Averbuch put UNC on the board when she curled a free kick into the net. The goal would go down as the game-winner. UNC recorded eight more shots during the period, while Tech had three. Owens and Rodenbough each made two saves during the half. Owens had a career-high seven saves during the game, also tying the season high. Laurie Beth Puglisi and Mary Elizabeth Newton each had two shots during the game, with both of Puglisi's on goal. One goal is the least amount of goals Tech has ever allowed to the Tar Heels. In 2004, UNC beat Tech 6-1, followed by their 3-1 win last season. Tech returns home to host Maryland and Boston College, Oct. 20 and 22, respectively.