Hokies record 1-1 tie against Miami
Gray scores sixth goal of the season
October 4, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A second half goal by Marika Gray off a long throw-in from Julian Johnson kept the Miami Hurricanes from earning the win as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw Thursday night in front of 537 fans at Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. This marks just the second tie and first since 2001 in the eight-game series between the two teams as Tech now moves to 4-4-2 (0-2-1 ACC) while Miami remains unbeaten in the ACC at 2-0-1 with a 6-2-3 overall record. Current ACC and NSCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Week Brittney Steinbruch scored the first goal of the game to put Miami ahead 1-0 at the 15th minute. Prior to the score, Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) made a goal kick that was intercepted by Lauren Singer beyond the goal box, who then almost immediately made a long shot saved by a diving Owens. However, the ball got away from Owens, and a speedy Steinbruch was there to tap the ball in for her 12th goal of the season. Both teams continued to press the ball against each other, and the Hokies finally got on the board at the 61st minute when Julian Johnson (Norfolk, Va.) made at least a 30-yard throw-in that was handled by Gray (Alexandria, Va.) in front of the goal and put in for the 1-1 tie. That was Johnson's second assist of the season and 14th career, putting her at the No. 2 spot in the all-time Hokie record book, just two behind senior Erin Moore (Poolesville, Md.). The score would remain the same the rest of the way with both teams having opportunities the rest of the second half and through both overtimes. The Hurricanes ended the game with 20 shots against 12 by the Hokies. Gray led the Hokies once again on the offensive side with four shots, two on goal. Fans were treated to several impressive saves from Lauren McAdam and Owens, who are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the ACC for saves per game. Owens finished the night with a career game-high nine saves, while McAdam recorded six saves. The Hurricanes were 4-24-1 in the ACC coming into the season and were picked to finish last in the conference. However, they started off the ACC schedule with home wins over NC State and a ranked North Carolina this year and showcased their speed Thursday night, which the Hokie defense was able to hold off following the early score. "That's the best Miami team we've faced since I've been here, even the last year in the BIG EAST, so the credit goes to them," Head Coach Kelly Cagle said. "But I think credit goes to our team too after starting off in a hole. We have got to do a better job of protecting our goal in the ACC games because we can't afford to be chasing games all the time, and that's how we've spent the last two of three ACC games. "That being said, I thought our team was awesome, and I thought our team got better as the game went on in terms of our fight and the game plan, especially in the second half that made us a little more competitive. I'm not happy that we tied and with the way that they scored, but I'm happy with the way the team responded." The Hokies will now focus their attention on No. 17 Florida State, who on the same night recorded a 1-1 draw against No. 3 Virginia. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and fans are encouraged to arrive early to receive one of the 200 free VT soccer key chains as part of International Student Day.