October 22, 2009
Four goals propel No. 15 Hokies past No.5 Demon Deacons
Three Hokies score as Tech gets back to its winning ways in conference play.
(15) Virginia Tech (12-4-0) 134
(5) Wake Forest (12-3-1) 123
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 15 Hokies snapped a two-game, conference losing streak with a big 4-3 win over the No. 5 Demon Deacons, earning their first-ever win at Wake Forest. The Hokies rallied for four goals in the match, a season high that has been done only two other times this year, as Jennifer Harvey and Kelly Conheeney tallied a score apiece while Marika Gray added two goals for the Hokies.

Tech (12-4-0, 5-2-0 ACC) took control right away, earning a corner kick and moments later began firing as Robin Chidester missed high. By the third minute, Harvey put the Hokies on the board as she remains perfect on the season in penalty kicks, netting her fourth of the year after a Wake Forest (12-3-1, 4-2-1 ACC) foul in the box. This marks her seventh goal on the year, which more than doubles her career number heading into the season.

The Hokies didn’t allow the Deacons to take a shot until the 12th minute and only allowed three shots, one on goal, until the 34th minute, when Wake’s Allie Sadow would break through the Hokie back line, putting the ball into the left side of the net from six yards out.

Though the Deacons would rally at the end of the half, and finish the period out shooting the Hokies 7-4, Tech dominated the ball for most of the first 45 minutes and earned three more corner kick opportunities than the Deacons.

After the break, Tech returned to the field hungry for more, attacking right away and regaining the lead as Gray added a score for Tech in the 53rd minute. The junior forward looked straight into a wide open net after getting a hold a of misplayed ball by Wake’s keeper Amanda Barasha, landing the ball in the back of the net from 12-yards out.

Two minutes later Conheeney would join Harvey as the team’s leading scorer, netting her seventh goal of the season, as she too took control of a misplayed ball in the box and buried it in the left side of the net.

After a Wake substitution and a shot missing wide from Conheeney, the Hokies struck again as Gray became the third Hokie to net seven on the year, teaming up with Conheeney for the score. Conheeney sent a long pass up the field to Gray, who took off running, dribbled the ball up the field and fired from eight yards out.

The Deacons would attempt a comeback, beginning with a 70th minute score from Jill Hutchinson after she dribbled around Tech’s keeper Kristin Carden and placed the ball in the wide open net from six yards away. Bianca D’Agostino earned an assist on the play.

Another goal in the 86th minute would bring Wake within one as Kaley Fountain scored an unassisted goal from 12-yards out after the original shot was blocked and deflected in her direction, but the Deacons were unable to break through the Hokie defense again in the match.

Carden finished the game with one save, facing 14 shots, six of which were on target. Barasha tallied one save on the night as well, and faced 11 shots from the Hokies, five of which were on goal.

Tech will play their final road game of the regular season as they travel to Duke to take on the Blue Devils in a Sunday afternoon matchup, beginning at 3 p.m.

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