September 11, 2009
Strong first half moves Tech past Spartans
Three first half goals, two from Marika Gray, earn the Hokies their first win of the weekend
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BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Hokies (4-2-0) returned home for the first time since their season opener in August to put up their best first half of the season and defeat UNC Greensboro (2-4-0), 4-0, in their first game of the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational. The Hokies scored three goals in the first half, which included two by junior Marika Gray, and one in the second half to set back the Spartans.

The Hokies found the back of the net early as Marika Gray tapped the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal, on a pass from freshman Kelly Conheeney in the eighth minute. Conheeney sprinted up the right sideline with the ball, maneuvering by defenders, and passed the ball to Gray on the left side, right in front of the net, for the score.

Conheeney would get her own, and third of the season, in the 17th minute as she buried the ball in the top left corner of the net off a free kick.

Just before the half, Gray would strike again, in the 41st minute, in similar fashion. Conheeney again flew up the field, through the midfield, and slipped the ball between two Spartan defenders for Gray, who was faced with a close, one-on-one with the goalie, but again found the bottom left corner of the net. This would be the second assist of the game, and second of the season, for Conheeney and the second score of the game, fourth of the season, for Gray.

Tech wasted no time coming out of the locker room after the break and again scored eight minutes into the half. Junior Jennifer Harvey would score her first goal of the season in the 53rd minute, heading the ball past the keeper off a pass from Julian Johnson on the right side of the field. This was Johnson’s second assist of the season.

Tech would hold the Spartans for the remainder of the game with great effort from the Hokie defense. Senior Robin Chidester played an aggressive game in goal, once coming out way beyond the 18’ to shut down her opponents. Chidester finished the match with three saves, facing nine shots. Junior Rebekah Brook also saw five minutes of play in net, making one save.

Kelsey Kearney guarded the goal for the Spartans, and faced six shots from the Hokies.

Tech will return to the field on Sunday, Sept. 13, to take on the College of Charleston at 2 p.m. for the final game of the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational.

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