October 25, 2009
    No. 15 Hokies fall to Duke, 4-1
    Michels scores first goal of the season while Duke senior Gummersall nets a hat trick for the Blue Devils
    Koskinen Stadium - 53612T
    (15) Virginia Tech101
    Duke 224

    DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 15 Hokies were unable to tack on anymore offense after their first score as they fell to the Duke Blue Devils, 4-1. Both teams battled for the full 90 minutes but hard work from both defenses prevented the game from being a high scoring bout. Sophomore defender Brittany Michels was the lone goal score for Tech in the match while Duke senior KayAnne Gummersall had a true Senior Day game, netting a hat trick for the Blue Devils.

    Tech (12-5-0, 5-3-0 ACC ) was the first on the board as Brittany Michels netted her first score of the season in the 21st minute off a Stephanie Hylton corner kick. Hylton passed the ball to Kelsey Mitchell near the top of the 18-yard box who then served it in to a crowded box. With both teams in the air Michels was able to find the ball coming down and had just enough space to slip the ball between the left goal post and Duke’s keeper, Tara Campbell.

    Duke(7-6-4, 3-3-2 ACC) would answer just five minutes later as KayAnne Gummersall received the ball downfield from Cody Newman and was faced with a one-on-one with Hokie defender Kelly Lynch. Despite Lynch’s efforts, Gummersall was able to cross the ball to the other side of field, past the defender and just out of the reach of Tech’s keeper Kristin Carden, landing the ball into the right side of the net.

    The Blue Devils were able to take their first lead of the match in the 30th minute as Gummersall struck again off a loose rebound. Elisabeth Redmond fired a shot on net and Carden blocked the shot but was unable to get a hold of it. The ball was deflected to the Hokie defenders but Gummersall got a hold of the defense’s attempt to clear and found the back of the net from eight yards out.

    Each team finished the first half with two shots on goal and had numerous opportunities to score but just could not connect.

    Both teams continued to attack early in the second half but the Blue Devils added another in the 59th minute when Jane Alukonis slipped a penalty kick just under Carden’s hands after a Tech foul in the box.

    Duke would pull away, making the game 4-1, as Gummersall was on a breakaway, chipped the ball over the Hokie defender to herself and sent in into the net over Tech’s new keeper Robin Chidester for her third score of the game. This was the second time this season that a member of the opposing team has tallied three goals in a game, the first was done by Kristin Stannard of Stanford earlier this season.

    The Blue Devils outshot the Hokies in the match, taking eight shots on goal, compared to Tech’s three.

    Carden finished the game having played 75 minutes, making three saves and allowing three goals which Chidester allowed just one goal in 15 minutes of play. Caldwell logged the full 90 minutes in net, allowing one goal and making two saves.

    The Hokies will return to action on Friday, Oct. 30 as they host Miami at Thompson Field. The match, Tech’s second to last of the regular season, will begin at 7 p.m.

    For updates on Virginia Tech women's soccer, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_WSoccer).

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