BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team stunned in-state rival and No. 8 Virginia Thursday evening at Thompson Field. A Tech goal early in the second half propelled the Hokies to a 1-0 victory, the program’s first win against UVa in nine tries. Tech improved its record to 7-4-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the ACC, while Virginia falls to 10-2-1 and 4-1-0 in conference action.
Junior Emily Jukich, Tech’s leading scorer with 10 goals this season, almost put the Hokies ahead at the 8:30 mark, but her shot from eight yards out was deflected by starting Cavalier keeper, Celeste Miles. Virginia recovered from the scare and looked to be in control in the first half, taking seven shots to just two from the Hokies. However, the two teams ended the opening frame in a scoreless tie.
The momentum took a dramatic shift early on in the second half. With the ball deep in Virginia territory, a UVa defender attempted to clear the threat, but her pass ricocheted off another Cavalier player and straight to the feet of junior Julian Johnson. Johnson took advantage of her good fortune and drilled a shot into the net at the 42:17 mark. The goal was her third of the season and second in the last three contests.
Now down a goal, UVa picked up the intensity, coming very close to knotting the score on several occasions. In the 55th minute, Cavalier Caitlin Miskel placed a cross into the Hokie box. Senior Kelly Quinn headed the ball towards the net, but Tech keeper Kristin Carden made a diving save to deny Quinn her sixth goal of the season.
The Cavaliers missed another opportunity to tie the match in the 72nd minute when senior Nikki Krzysik’s shot bounced harmlessly off the crossbar and out of bounds.
The Tech defense held strong the rest of the match, securing their first shutout in ACC action despite UVa outshooting the Hokies 17-5. Freshman Carden started in goal for the Tech and picked up the third shutout of her career, making seven saves. Her UVa counterpart, Miles, made four saves and allowed the lone goal of the contest.
Virginia Tech will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 for a match against perennial power No. 2 North Carolina.
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