BLACKSBURG, Va. – The No. 16 Hokies persevered through inclement weather to claim their fourth all-time victory over the Longwood Lancers, shutting them out for the fourth time as well. Tech outed the Lancers 3-0 as freshmen Julia Goldsworthy and Kelsey Mitchell scored their first goals of the season while senior forward Julian Johnson also added a score. With the win, the Hokies keep their home winning streak alive, improving to 7-0 at Thompson Field this season.
The Hokies (11-3-0) got out to a 2-0 lead in the first half, powering through non-stop, heavy rain for the full 45 minutes. Johnson was the first to score for Tech, slipping the ball past the Lancers’ (8-6-0) fallen keeper, Marcia Biddle, after receiving a pass from Marika Gray, who stormed up the left side of the field with the ball before crossing it. This was the fourth goal of the season for Johnson and second assist on the year for Gray.
Just minutes before the first half ended, Goldsworthy netted her first career goal as she received a pass from classmate Sloane Levin who found Goldsworthy through the crowd near the goal line. The helper was Levin’s second on the year.
As the rain continued through the second half, the Hokies continued to dominate the Lancers’ end of the field. Tech took nine shots and three corner kicks to start the half and finally scored again in the 69th minute when Mitchell launched the ball from far beyond the 18-yard box, floating the ball over the hands of the Lancers’ new keeper Kyra Byron and into the net. The goal was the first of Mitchell’s career.
The Lancers came close to scoring in the 75th minute when Ashlee McConnell fired a shot to the left side of the net, forcing Tech’s keeper Kristin Carden to stretch out and make a diving save, redirecting the ball out of bounds. Carden finished the match with two saves and saw just two shots in her 81 minutes played as she was relieved in the 81st minute by junior keeper Rebekah Brook.
The Hokies will return to Thompson Field and ACC play on Sunday, Oct. 18, as they host No. 8 Boston College at 1 p.m.
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