BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech’s women’s soccer team opened its season with a win at home as they defeated the High Point Panthers 2-0 on Thompson Field. Tech’s goals were scored by freshman Kelly Conheeney and senior captain Emily Jukich. The Hokie defense battled the Panthers the whole game, not allowing even a shot until High Point’s Laura Shupe fired two shots from more than 18 yards out in the 89th minute of the match. The Panthers are now 0-2 on the season after falling to Wake Forest earlier in the weekend.
The Hokies kept the ball in High Point’s end of the field for the entire first half, allowing junior goalkeeper Rebekah Brook just a few touches of the ball. Freshman Kelly Conheeney opened things up for the Hokies, scoring the first goal of the game and the first of her career, eight minutes into the match. Teammate Kelsey Mitchell earned her first career assist on the play as she served the ball into the middle, to an open Conheeney, from the right wing. Conheeney received the ball with an open look to the net from 10 yards out and buried it into the left side of the goal.
The Hokies continued to push the ball for the remainder of the first half and into the second half, finishing the game with 31 shots, nine on goal. The Hokies struck again in the 48th minute when senior leader Emily Jukich found the back of the net on scrambling play just inches from the goalkeeper. Jukich scored the unassisted goal after receiving the ball from the right wing. She was denied on her first attempt by High Point’s keeper Marisa Abbott, but was able to connect on a second attempt, tapping the ball through the keeper’s legs for her first goal of the season. Jukich finished the 2008 season as Tech’s leading scorer with 15 goals and sits atop the program’s record book in scoring with 25 career goals as well.
Brook recorded a shutout in her first game as a Hokie while Abbott made seven saves on the night.
The Hokies will return to action this weekend as they head to Villanova for the Villanova Classic where they will face the Wildcats on Friday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. and later take on Lehigh on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m.
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