Hokies cruise past Miami 5-0 in exhibition
Four separate Tech players convert goals in victory
August 17, 2007

Box Score Virginia Tech - 5, Miami University - 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior Laurie Beth Puglisi led a Hokie offensive onslaught with an assist and goal in the first period as Virginia Tech women's soccer kicked off their season with a 5-0 exhibition shutout over Miami University Friday night in front of 350 fans at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.

The teams played three 30-minute periods instead of the usual 45 minute halves.

The Hokies scored early and often in the first period with Julian Johnson leading off the goal in the seventh minute. Mary Elizabeth Newton scored the second goal in the 24th minute after a header from Puglisi bounced away from the goalie. In the next three minutes, the Hokies would add two more goals from Emily Jukich and Puglisi.

At the end of the period, the Hokies out shot the Redhawks 12 to 1 and finished with 24 shot attempts against just five from Miami.

"I thought our performance was good with us playing three 30-minute periods tonight," Head Coach Kelly Cagle said. "I thought our best period was the first in terms of both possession and execution. I think at one point, we had four goals on five shots.

"I was pleased that everyone played and that the level of play stayed consistent in all three periods, so I think that was a really good thing to take from this game."

After a scoreless second period, Jukich got her second goal of the match after another header from Puglisi got away from the goalie. Puglisi and Jukich ended the evening with four points each.

"Puglisi's a true leader and is continuing to develop as we go forward," Cagle said. "She's such a big piece of our puzzle in terms of ball-winning. She just creates havoc."

Cagle was also pleased with the performance of goalkeeper Ashley Owens, who will be relied on to lead the squad after the departure of four-year starter Mallory Soldner. Owens finished with two saves after playing the first and third periods with Stephanie Balanoff helping preserve the shutout in the second period.

"I think Owens is going to be really good for us," Cagle explained. "I hope she knows how much confidence our staff has in her. The best thing about being able to redshirt is that you get to learn for an extra year. We really have a senior at goalie with two years left."

The Hokies face Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., next Friday at 5 p.m. for the second and final exhibition game.