Kinser earns Tech's second ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week honor
November 5, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Senior Ashley Kinser was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week on Monday for scoring two of the Hokies' goals in a 3-0 upset victory over No. 10 Boston College on Sunday. The defender scored both her goals in the first seven minutes of the game to help the Hokies post their biggest win against the highest-ranked opponent in the program's 15-year history. She finished the week with five points after earlier picking up an assist in a 4-0 shutout victory against Longwood last Thursday. Both wins helped give the Hokies their second-ever winning season. The honor is a first for the Johnson City, Tenn., native and the second weekly award for Virginia Tech this season. Freshman forward Marika Gray (Alexandria, Va.) received the award on September 10 after scoring two goals against then-No. 13 Tennessee. The announcement marks the first time in the Hokies' four years in the Atlantic Coast Conference that the team has received the award twice in one season. Goalkeeper Mallory Soldner (Oct. 24, 2005) and forward Ashley Stinson (Sept. 4, 2004) were given the previous distinctions. Also on Monday, the Virginia Tech athletic department recognized Kinser's efforts in the team's historic victory with the Virginia Lottery Athlete of the Week award. Virginia Tech (8-7-3, 3-5-2 ACC), which just missed a spot in this week's ACC Championship after succumbing to a tiebreaker against Clemson, will now wait to find out its post-season fate when the NCAA Women's Soccer Selection Committee announces the 64-team field on Monday, November 12, on ESPNews between 8-8:30 p.m. ET.