September 27, 2009
Tech outs NC State, 3-0, in first ACC road game
Jukich, Conheeney and Popko score to lift Tech past NC State
Virginia Tech (8-2-0) 123
NC State (6-3-1) 000
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RALEIGH, N.C. In their first road match of conference play, the Hokies defeated a red-hot NC State team, 3-0. Three different Hokies scored, while, for the second time this season, six total earned points in the match. The Wolfpack took 10 shots in the game but were not able to get the ball through the Tech defense or past sophomore keeper Kristen Carden.

The Hokies (8-2-0, 2-0-0 ACC) went up on the Wolfpack (6-3-1, 1-1-0 ACC) in the 25th minute as senior leader Emily Jukich scored the only goal of the first half. Jukich netted her third goal of the season, flicking in a pass from junior Marika Gray who pushed the ball up the left side of the field before crossing it to Jukich. Gray’s helper was her first of the season.

The game would remain close through the first half and for most of the second half with both teams taking six shots by the end of the second half.

In the 78th minute, freshman Kelly Conheeney gave the Hokies some security, scoring the second goal of the game and her sixth of the season. Conheeney buried it in the upper left corner of the net after recovering a loose ball from sophomore defender Stephanie Hylton. This was Hylton’s first assist of the season.

Sophomore Brittany Popko would put the game out of reach as she scored the final goal of the game and first goal of her career in the 85th minute. Freshman Sloane Levin assisted the defender’s late goal as Popko received the ball and lofted a shot across the field, sneaking it over NC State’s keeper and into the far left corner of the net.

Carden made four saves and earned her first shutout of the 2009 season, while Kim Kern made five saves for the Wolfpack, facing 12 shots from the Hokies.

Tech will return to the pitch on Wednesday, Sept. 30, as they head to Charlottesville, Va., for a 7 p.m. battle with in-state rival and nationally ranked Virginia.

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