CLEMSON, S.C. – After dropping two of their last three contests, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team looked to get back into the win column against the Clemson Tigers on Thursday evening. For the second straight year, a last minute goal propelled Tech to overtime against the Tigers. After two extra sessions, the score remained tied at two, and the Hokies picked up their second draw of the season after tying Miami 1-1 a week ago. Tech is now 5-4-2 on the year and 0-1-2 in the ACC.
Clemson would strike first in the match as senior Julie Bolt tallied her ACC-leading ninth goal of the season in the 14th minute off an assist from Lindsey Jackson.
Twenty minutes ticked away in the opening frame with no change in score until junior Julian Johnson erased Clemson’s lead at the 35:47 mark. The score was Johnson’s second of the season. Sophomore Kelsey Billups was credited with the assist.
The first half came to a close with the match knotted at one-all. Both teams played an even opening 45 minutes with Tech just edging the Tigers in overall shots, 5-4.
Clemson once again took the lead in the 71st minute, when Sarah Jacobs broke the tie on her second goal of the season, assisted by Molly Franklin.
As time continued to wind down, Clemson appeared to have the game in hand, but the Hokies refused to give in. Last season, sophomore Marika Gray tied the score at one-all with 53 seconds left against the Tigers, and in the waning minutes of this year’s match-up, the Hokies needed the same kind of heroics to avoid a second-straight ACC loss. This time, senior Laurie Beth Puglisi stepped up and drilled the game-tying score into the net with 49 seconds left in the second half. The goal was her fourth of the season. Senior Kim Hickey, who recently returned from a foot injury, dished out the assist, and for the third time in the last four contests, the Hokies headed to overtime.
Neither team took a shot in the first extra period, however, Clemson and Tech both fired four shots, three on goal, in the second overtime. Even with the two teams combining for eight shots in the final 10 minutes, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Kristin Carden started in net for the Hokies. She allowed two goals while making three saves. Paula Pritzen played in net for the Tigers. The Clemson keeper made nine stops while allowing two goals.
On the season, the Hokies are 2-3-1 after falling behind in the first half. Early deficits against Florida State, Texas A&M and Davidson proved tough to overcome, but Virginia Tech posted its two highest scoring outputs of the season, five goals against Charlotte and four against Evansville, after falling behind in the first half.
After a short, two-day rest, Virginia Tech faces N.C. State on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. in the Hokies’ ACC home opener.
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