Hokies suffer first loss at James Madison 2-0
Gray leads team with three shots on goal
September 2, 2007

Box Score James Madison - 2, Virginia Tech - 0
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison Dukes defeated the Virginia Tech women's soccer team 2-0 Sunday night at the JMU Soccer Complex as the Hokies split the two-game season-opening road trip.

The Dukes (2-0-0) scored their first goal at the 30th minute when Annie Lowry made a left-footed shot on a break away with an assist from Kimmy Germain. Cate Tisinger gave them an insurance goal with five minutes remaining in the game on another breakaway with an assist from Jess Remmes.

Although Tech (1-1-0) was held scoreless, the Hokies outshot the Dukes 13-5 and also had five shots on goal compared to just four by James Madison. However, the offense only managed to take three shots in the first half.

"I take some responsibility in the way we started the game tonight," Head Coach Kelly Cagle said. "We made some changes however, and I think our team responded very well in the second half."

The offense applied more pressure later in the game, missing on several close opportunities after the changes were made, including a header in the 63rd minute by junior Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) that sailed over the crossbar following a free kick.

After scoring two goals in the first victory of the season at Radford on Friday, freshman Marika Gray (Alexandria, Va.) again led the charge with four shot attempts, three of them on goal. James Madison's Missy Reimert made two of the stops in the 75th and 76th minute, including one from point-blank range on a rebound shot by Gray.

Freshman Kelly Lynch (Mullica Hill, N.J.) and sophomore Julian Johnson (Norfolk, Va.) each notched a shot on goal during the game too.

"I am very proud of the second half effort that we gave tonight, and feel we got a bit unlucky in the second half not putting away the chances we created," Cagle said. "Overall though, we were out played early on in the game and we paid for that.

"I like what I am seeing from some of our players though, especially some of our younger players who are getting valuable experience this early in the season," Cagle added.

The Hokie women open their eight-game home regular season schedule this Friday at 5:30 p.m. against No. 24 Tennessee in the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. Fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member No. 22 Wake Forest faces Loyola (Md.) earlier that day at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with the Demon Deacons against the Lady Volunteers at 11 a.m., and the Hokies against the Greyhounds at 4 p.m.

Virginia Tech women's soccer posters and magnets will be handed out at the marketing booth located near the front gate on both days.