BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's soccer team played the Ohio University Bobcats to a 0-0 tie Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. Since the game was an exhibition match, it will not count towards the Hokies' overall season record.
Rather than play two, 45 minute halves, Hokie head coach Kelly Cagle and Bobcats head coach Stacy Strauss elected to play three 30 minute periods. This change allowed the coaching staffs a chance to substitute more players and take stock of their respective team's ability and potential. The new format also permitted the coaches to test different player combinations in order to determine which line-ups work well together.
In the first period, the two teams were evenly matched, splitting time of possession. Even though neither team scored, Tech led the Bobcats in shots and time of possession in both the second and third periods. The Hokies had several chances to notch a goal, but were thwarted by Ohio's defense and two goalkeepers, Christa Puccio and Jess MacLean. Both Ohio keepers were forced to make difficult saves in order to shutout the Hokies. Virginia Tech's defense was also stellar and did not allow Ohio any scoring opportunities in the last two periods.
This match was the last preseason competition for the Hokies before they kick off the regular season. Tech travels to Davidson on Saturday, August 23, 2008 to take on the Wildcats in a non-conference matchup.
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