November 4, 2009
No. 19 Hokies bounce No. 10 Wake Forest , 1-0, in overtime
Kelly Conheeney scored the overtime game-winner to send Tech to the ACC Tournament semifinals.
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  • Cary, N.C. - 385

CARY, N.C. – The No. 19 Hokies advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the second consecutive year as they defeated No. 10 Wake Forest 1-0 in overtime. Freshman Kelly Conheeney was the lone goal scorer in the game as she netted the game-winner six minutes into overtime. This is the Hokies’ first postseason win since 2004, when they defeated Miami 2-0 in the first round of the ACC Tournament and first postseason overtime victory.

Both teams battled through an evenly matched first half, as the score would remain tied, 0-0, heading into halftime. The Deacons (13-5-2, 5-3-2) out-shot the Hokies (14-6-0, 6-4-0) 6-4 in the half and took just two shots on goal. The Deacons came close to a scoring on both attempts as Jill Hutchinson nearly found the back of the net and a header just minutes later would almost slip in the goal.

The second half would continue to be much of the same back-and-forth play with both teams continuously attacking. Senior forward Julian Johnson nearly put Tech on the board in the 38th minute as she sent a shot from just inside the 18-yard box just inches over the crossbar.

Wake came close again, nearly scoring after a corner kick and later it was Tech’s Robin Chidester who grazed a ball off a corner kick on the top of the crossbar, sending it just above the net.

In the final seconds of regulation, Wake’s Caitlin Ferrell headed a shot towards Tech’s goal and junior defender Kelly Lynch got down to save the ball right in front of the goal line to send the game into overtime.

In extra time, Conheeney was the first to attack as the Hokies would dominate the period, not allowing the Deacons to take a shot. In the 96th minute Tech earned a corner kick that was taken by defender Stephanie Hylton. Hylton sent to the ball sailing into the crowded 18-yard box, as it headed towards two Tech players, Brittany Michels and Jennifer Harvey, the ball started falling down behind them towards Conheeney who chested the ball down and quickly sent it into the back of the wide open right side of the net for the win.

Tech’s keeper Kristin Carden earned her first shutout since playing North Carolina, also making four saves in the match while Wake’s keeper Amanda Barasha allowed just one goal and made two saves.

Next up for the Hokies will be No. 6 Florida State, who recently defeated Tech at home, 2-1, but the last time the two teams matched up in the postseason, Tech advanced past the Seminoles to the ACC Tournament semifinals after a 0-0 tie, outshooting them 4-2 in penalty kicks. The game will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. and will begin at 5 p.m. All students that attend Friday night's game will be granted free admission to Sunday's championship game.

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