September 25, 2008
Miami battles Tech to 1-1 draw
Jukich nets career-high eighth goal of the season

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the second consecutive match, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer headed to overtime as the Miami Hurricanes were able to tie the score of both teams’ ACC opener, 1-1, with two minutes left in regulation. Neither squad could put away the contest during two periods of overtime and the match ended in a one-all draw. The Hokies are now 5-3-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the ACC.

Despite dropping a tough double-overtime decision last weekend to James Madison, the Hokies came out firing against the Hurricanes. Less than five minutes into the match, Virginia Tech took an early 1-0 lead over Miami. Sophomore Jennifer Harvey took the first shot against the Hurricanes, but her shot was blocked by the opposing defense. However, junior Emily Jukich was there to pick up the rebound, scoring her career-high eighth goal of the season.

Miami would out-shoot the Hokies in the opening half, 7-6, but Tech took the 1-0 score advantage into the intermission.

The Tech defense was tested by Miami early in the second half as the Hurricanes took five shots in a five minute span. Miami sophomore Brittany MacDonald almost tied the score at the 52:17 mark, but the ball ricocheted harmlessly off the crossbar.

With only two minutes to play, the Hokie backline seemed to be in control after turning back several Miami shots in the second frame, but the Hurricanes tied the score at one-all on a shot by Paulelette Ricks-Chambers from the right side of the penalty box. The goal was her second of the season and the two teams headed to overtime. Miami held the advantage in shots in the final 45 minutes, taking nine attempts compared to the Hokies’ six.

An important game for both clubs, the intensity was evident in the stats as Miami and Tech combined for four yellow cards and 22 fouls in the match.

Tech freshman keeper Kristin Carden made her fifth career start posting four saves. Fellow rookie keeper Vikki Alonzo made two stops for the Hurricanes.

Virginia Tech continues its current road trip with a match in Tallahassee, Fl., on Sunday, Sept. 28 against the No. 8 Florida State Seminoles at 1 p.m.

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