GREENSBORO, N.C. - Despite a strong defensive first half , the Hokies (3-2) could not hold off No. 4 Stanford (5-0) in their final game of the Spartan Classic on Sunday as the Cardinal earned the 5-0 win. Senior forward Robin Chidester got the start in goal after playing 82 minutes in front of the net on Friday against VCU. Chidester recorded a career-high 13 saves against Stanford, but allowed five goals in the process.
The Hokie defense and their new keeper battled through the first half, leaving an aggressive Stanford team scoreless after 45 minutes. Junior Kelly Lynch spearheaded the defensive effort for Tech, blocking shots and forcing its west coast opponent to miss its target eight times in the half while, Chidester denied the Cardinal offense, making three saves.
Stanford would eventually break through the Hokie defense for its first score in the 55th minute of the match. Kelley O’Hara headed the ball past the keeper for her sixth goal of the season on a pass from teammate Christen Press.
O’Hara would return the favor for Press in the 63rd minute, as Press scored her fifth goal of the season off the post from O’Hara on the right wing.
Kristin Stannard ended the match with three straight goals for Stanford in the final 13 minutes. Courtney Verloo, Camille Levin and Morgan Redman all recorded assists on Stannard’s goals.
Chidester would deny 11 of the 19 Stanford shots in the second half with much help from her defensive teammates. Kira Maker played 80 minutes in front of the net for Stanford, saving a Jennifer Harvey header in the first half and facing three shots all game.
The Hokies will return home for their first game at Thompson Field in September. They will host the College of Charleston, UNC Greensboro and Duquesne in their annual Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational. The Hokies first match will be Friday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m., when they take on UNC Greensboro.
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