September 7, 2014
Goals from Meier and Mayrose give No. 5 Hokies win over UNC Wilmington
Tech gets sixth-straight victory to close out the Virginia Tech Tournament
UNC Wilmington (3-3-0) 000
(5) Virginia Tech (6-0-0) 112
  • Thompson Field - 637

BLACKSBURG - Goals from junior Ashley Meier and senior Shannon Mayrose propelled the No. 5 Virginia Tech women’s soccer game to their sixth-straight win on Sunday at Thompson Field. The rainy 2-0 victory over UNC Wilmington gave Tech two wins for the Virginia Tech Tournament.

“I’m happy with the result,” head coach Chugger Adiar said. “They played us tough today and we missed some opportunities I would have liked to put away, but we got the win. I think our tired legs from Friday’s game showed up a little as well.”

Fresh off of an overtime victory over ACC-foe Wake Forest on Friday, the Seahawks from UNC Wilmington came into the game looking to challenge the undefeated Hokies.

The Hokies (6-0) started off the scoring quickly in the sixth minute of play. After flooding the UNC Wilmington (3-3-0) defense with multiple quality chances, sophomore Murielle Tiernan picked up a ball in the middle of goalie box and fired a shot. Wilmington’s goalie saved the ball from the goal, but Meier picked up the rebound and scored her second goal of the year to put the Hokies up 1-0.

The rest of the first half was steadily controlled by Tech, who missed goals on several chances, notching 12 first-half shots. The Seahawks had one shot that nearly flew past Tech goalkeeper Caroline Kelly, but a leaping save kept the shutout secure.

The second half saw the Hokies again notch 12 shots but only connect on one. In the 70th minute, Mayrose headed in her third goal of the year off of a free kick from senior Kelsey Loupee. The goal moves Mayrose into sixth all-time in the Virginia Tech record book for career points with 56 and into a tie for sixth in career goals with 22.

With the loss, UNC Wilmington falls to 3-3-0 on the year, notching one win and one loss in the Virginia Tech Tournament this weekend.

This was the first time the Hokies have failed to score at least three goals this season, but every win this season has come by a margin of two goals or more.

Tech will be back in action at Longwood on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Farmville, Virginia.

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