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September 13, 2009
Harvey scores three as Hokies top Cougars, 3-0
Jennifer Harvey tallies first Hokie hat trick since 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Hokies (5-2-0) returned to their winning ways Sunday as they defeat the College of Charleston (2-3-1) 3-0 in the final game of the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational. Junior Jennifer Harvey scored all three goals for the Hokies, becoming just the 10th player in Tech history to record a hat trick and the first since senior forward Emily Jukich did so in 2006 against Radford. Senior Robin Chidester earned her second shut out of the weekend and third of her career.

Tech dominated the ball in the first half, outshooting Charleston 10-to-3. The Hokies would net the first goal of the game in the 18th minute after a hand ball violation by the Cougars inside the box. Jennifer Harvey took the penalty kick for the Hokies, winding up but tapping the ball into the bottom right corner of the net as the keeper dove left.

True to form, the Hokies came out scoring after the halftime break as Harvey added another goal for Tech in the 51st minute. Harvey positioned herself inside the goalie’s box, in the middle of the field, and received a crossing pass from senior Julian Johnson on the left side of the field. Surrounded by three defenders, Harvey managed to find the ball and bury it into the left corner of the net.

Harvey would strike again, for the third and final time, in the 86th minute as the Hokies earned their second penalty kick of the game after a Cougar foul inside the box. As the Cougars’ keeper went right Harvey slipped the ball into the left side of the net for the goal.

The Hokies finished the game having taken 28 shots, forcing Charleston goalkeeper Sarah Wiggers to make nine saves. Robin Chidester recorded two saves on the day, facing just 7 Cougar shots.

Three yellow cards were issued in the game while Charleston’s Emily Morgan received a red card in the 88th minute of the match.

Four Hokies were named to the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team as Marika Gray, Kelly Conheeney, Jennifer Harvey and keeper Robin Chidester were named to the squad. Charleston's Hannah Gmerek and Julie Romanik, Duquense's Morgan Herbert and Sam Kaiser, and UNC Greensboro's Lauren Lopez, Kristen Player and Cat Barnekow were all also named to the team.

The Hokies will have a week off and return to Thompson Field to take on Davidson on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m., before beginning ACC play later that week.

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