BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team scored two goals and shut out its sixth opponent of the season in a 2-0 victory over Longwood Wednesday night at Thompson Field. The Hokies have now matched their win total from last season, improving their record to 8-5-2. Longwood falls to 6-5-2 after the loss.
The Tech offense pressured the Lancers from the very start and never looked back. Junior Emily Jukich almost put the Hokies up 1-0 in the second minute, but her header deflected off the post and out of bounds. In the first 30 minutes of play, Tech outshot Longwood 10-1, but could not break through with a goal.
The Hokies’ fortunes changed at the 33:33 mark as leading-scorer Jukich tallied her 11th score of the season. A corner kick from Hylton resulted in a loose-ball scramble deep in the Lancer box. After bouncing off several players, Jukich connected, flicking the shot over her shoulder and behind her into the net.
With the score, Jukich is tied for the second most goals scored in a single season by a Tech player. Only Ashley Stinson has had a more prolific single season, scoring 17 goals during the 2004 campaign.
Time would expire in the first half without another goal by either team. The Hokies controlled the opening frame, taking 11 shots to just two by Longwood, but entered the intermission with a slim 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Tech continued to pressure the Longwood defense, firing five shots early in the period. Freshman Brittany Michels provided the insurance goal for the Hokies. After receiving her first career start, the rookie drilled a shot from 30-yards out into the back of the net for her second score of the season.
Even with a 2-0 score, Tech did not back down against the Lancers. The Hokies took 12 more shots in the last 24 minutes, but could not knock in a third goal. At the 69:56 mark, Robin Chidester slid a pass behind her to a streaking Jukich on the left side. Jukich had a good look, however, her shot sailed just wide of the net.
In the last minutes, Longwood put a short scare in the Hokies as a free kick from Kacie Oliver went just high, narrowly missing the crossbar. Oliver’s shot was as close as the Tech defense would allow Longwood to come to scoring, and the second frame wound down to the Hokie victory.
For the match, Tech took a season-high 29 shots, nine on goal. Virginia Tech’s defense was also suffocating, limiting the Lancers to four shots on the night.
Freshman Kristin Carden started in net for Tech and recorded one save before redshirt senior Ashley Owens filled in in the 61st minute. Starting Longwood keeper, Marcia Biddle, allowed both Tech goals while making seven saves.
The Hokies resume ACC play this weekend in a crucial conference matchup against Maryland. The Terrapins will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the contest on Sunday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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