Tech closes out season with 3-0 win over ETSU
    Senior Mallory Soldner records her 20th shutout in final game
    October 30, 2006

    Box Score Virginia Tech 3, East Tennessee State 0
     
    BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team's lone senior, Mallory Soldner, recorded her 20th career shutout in Tech's 3-0 win over East Tennessee State. The game, contested at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium, in Blacksburg, Va., was the final game of the year. The Hokies finish the season at 6-8-4 overall, while 1-6-3 in the ACC. ETSU is now 5-10-3 for the season.

    "It feels good," Soldner said. "That was a really good finish for us and a good finish for the season. It was a little surreal, with it being my last game, but I'm very proud of the four years I've had here and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It feels really good (to have 20 shutouts). The whole team gets credit for each and every one of those. It's the defenders, the midfielders, the forwards and everyone that is there to make that happen."

    The Hokies were on the board within five minutes after the start of the match. Julian Johnson drew a foul inside the Buccaneers' box for a penalty kick. Erin Moore converted from the spot to give Tech the 1-0 lead and the eventual game winner. Three minutes later the Hokies knocked another shot into the back of the net. Ashley Kinser earned her second goal in as many weeks when she redirected a cross into the goal from about one yard out. Both Mary Elizabeth Newton and Lindsay Alexander combined for a double assist on the goal.

    Tech rarely was in their defensive end of the field the entire first half, with Soldner only making one save on ETSU's lone shot. The Hokies, however, had 17 shots during the first 45 minutes, including seven on goal.

    Tech came out strong again in the second half, with Erin Moore notching her second goal of the game and the sixth of her career just four minutes into the second stanza. Ashley Seldon and Laurie Beth Puglisi helped set up the play to earn the assists.

    "I told our kids that if we played with this much passion, poise and commitment consistently throughout the season, I think our season would be different," Virginia Tech head coach, Kelly Cagle, said. "I think our team finally is realizing that. They now know that we're capable and they now see how results are attached to efforts that we've given the last three or four weeks. We just got started too late in the season. It's been a good learning experience for us. But we're a young team and I think it's a lesson that has been learned."

    Tech took nine shots on goal during the second half to total 26 for the game, surpassing the season high in shots. Tech had 10 corner kicks, including seven in the first half. The Hokie defense held ETSU to three shots for the entire 90 minutes of play. Robin Chidester had the most shots of the game, totaling nine, with three of them forcing a save. Johnson was second with four shots.

    "I'd like to thank Mallory for her efforts that she put in," Cagle said. "She is without a doubt one of the most coachable student-athletes I've ever coached and one of the neatest people I've been around. So I want to thank her."

    Soldner made three saves in her final game in Tech Soccer Stadium to total 328 saves over four years. Her 20 shutouts top the Hokies career shutout list, as do her 28 career wins.

    "I just would like to sincerely thank my teammates," Soldner said. "My wonderful teammates, my wonderful coaches, my family, my friends and just everyone that touched my life here at Virginia Tech."
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