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    Tech drops ACC Opener at No. 23 Wake Forest
    Puglisi scores Hokies' lone goal in 3-1 loss
    September 27, 2007

    Box Score Wake Forest - 3, Virginia Tech - 1
     
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Demon Deacons' Allie Sadow recorded five points off two goals and an assist as No. 23 Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both squads on Thursday night at Spry Stadium.

    The loss drops Tech to 4-3-1 (0-1-0 ACC), while Wake Forest improves to 6-3-1 (1-0-0 ACC), increasing its unbeaten streak to five straight games. All three of Tech's losses have come on the road.

    "Tonight was not one of our best nights," Head Coach Kelly Cagle said. "I think we've had a really good first part of the season, and it's unfortunate that the ACC portion of the schedule opened up on a night when we didn't make a good showing. Give credit to Wake Forest. They put on the responsibility of rushing us a bit."

    The first team to score more than two goals against the Hokies this season, the Deacs were relentless from the beginning, taking seven shots in the first half before Tech attempted its first shot in the 24th minute.

    Sadow scored the first goal at 26:10 and followed that with an assist off Jill Hutchinson's goal at 29:51. She was not finished though as she would score her second goal of the game in the 56th minute.

    Marika Gray (Alexandria, Va.) was the offensive threat during the first half, attempting the Hokies' only two shots. She would finish the game with four shots, two on goal.

    The Hokies avoided the shutout in the 82nd minute when Laurie Beth Puglisi (Arlington, Va.) scored her third goal of the season off an assist from Erin Moore (Poolesville, Md.).

    Puglisi now moves into seventh-place all-time in the school's career goals record book. Puglisi and Carmen Chestnut (1998-2001) are tied with 15 goals. With the assist, Moore now has 16 career assists, three more than the next Hokie in the record book.

    "I think it's really important for us to keep fighting," Cagle said. "The last 20 minutes was the best part of the game for us. That we didn't start off as well as we ended is one of the more disappointing things for us. In our conference, we can't afford to do that.

    "That being said, we created some chances. Marika (Gray) was a class above in terms of her attacking. She created a bunch of chances but just didn't do a very good job of finishing. We probably had two other really good chances shortly before we scored, so that's encouraging as well. In this league though, we're going to have to play with urgency from the very beginning, not just when we're down two goals."

    Laura Morse recorded three saves for Wake Forest, while Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) had two saves for Tech.

    The Hokies next visit the Duke Blue Devils (5-2-2, 0-1-0 ACC), who lost at home on Thursday against No. 4 Virginia, 2-0. The two teams face off on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

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