August 9, 2016
Hokies down Miami of Ohio, 3-0, in exhibition

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech women’s soccer opened the exhibition season with a 3-0 victory over Miami of Ohio at Thompson Field on Tuesday evening.

They got the scoring started in the 30th minute with a goal by senior Murielle Tiernan, off a pass from junior Laila Gray. Tech scored again in the 37th minute on a goal by freshman Mikayla Mance and closed out the scoring in the 51st minute on a goal by sophomore Kristina Diana.

The Hokies defense recorded the shutout, limiting the RedHawks to just three shots on the game. Tech registered 20 shots on the evening.

Tech returns to action on Friday, Aug. 19, as the team takes on LSU in the first round of the College of Charleston Tournament in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.


“I thought it was a good start for us. We are just one week into the preseason, so it gave us a good look of where we are. It showed us some things we need to work on.”

“The second group did a good job and kind of asserted themselves a little bit, which was good to see. It’s a competitive team right now. We’re trying to pick players to play certain roles and evaluate.”

“It’s nice that we had a shutout. All three goalkeepers got a chance to play tonight. I thought we did a solid job of defending for the most part.”

“We have to build on some things in the attacking third; maybe some speed of play, but I thought it was pretty good overall.”


- The match was played in three 30-minute periods, as opposed to two 45-minute halves. The Hokies scored a goal in each of the three periods.

- This is the Hokies only exhibition match of the preseason. After opening the season in the College of Charleston Tournament on the Aug. 19 and 21, Tech will host East Carolina on Friday, Aug. 26 at Thompson Field. The home opener is set to begin at 7 p.m.

- Thirty players participated for the Hokies tonight, including all three goalies.

- The Hokies are ranked 17th in the NSCAA preseason poll.

- Murielle Tiernan, who scored the Hokies’ first goal, is on the MAC Hermann Award watch list.

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