Oct 8, 2012

No. 15 Va Tech Women Defeat Sooners, 4-1

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The No. 15 Virginia Tech women’s soccer team cruised past the Oklahoma Sooners, 4-1, Sunday evening at Thompson Field in its final non-conference match of the season. The Hokies conclude non-conference play with a 9-0-0 record this season which marks the first time Tech went undefeated outside of its conference. Ashley Meier, Katie Yensen, Jazmine Reeves and Ellie Zoepfl all found the back of the net for the Hokies.

Tech (10-3-0) opened the game up early, attacking hard and receiving the first corner kick of the game at the 1:28 mark. After Oklahoma (4-6-4) cleared the ball out of the box, the Hokies quickly got the ball back and fired the first shot of the game but the Jordan Coburn shot went high.

Just two minutes later, Tech put the first point on the board as Shannon Mayrose fed Meier the ball inside the 18-yard box and she connected about seven yards out at the 3:52 mark. This was the earliest goal in 21 games for the Hokies. The last time Tech scored this early was Oct. 13, 2011 when the Hokies beat Clemson, 3-0.

Tech took four shots and two corners before Jazmine Reeves fired a hard shot that the Sooner’s goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire couldn’t grab and Yensen flew in and found the back of the net to make it a 2-0 ball game at the 33:55 mark.

Oklahoma had two opportunities to put a point on the board before the half. Renae Cuellar and Amy Petrikin both fired a shot on goal but the Hokie goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts was there to make the stops.

The two teams went into the break with the Hokies holding the 9-2 shot advantage and took three corners.

The second half consisted of a lot of back-and-forth play, until Oklahoma briefly opened up taking a shot in the 78thminute that the Hokie defense blocked. But Katharine Nutman rebounded and fired one past Colpitts for the goal at the 77:11 mark.

Tech responded with two of their own. After a corner and a Hokie shot, Morgan Conklin fed Reeves the ball inside the 18-yard box and Reeves chested the ball down and fired a hard one right past Devonshire to make it a 3-1 ball game.

With four minutes left in regulation, Anne Lumpkin got the ball around midfield and passed it to Zoepfl on the right sideline. Zoepfl took the ball up field and fired a hard shot to the upper far corner for the final goal of the game and the first of her career.

Tech closed the game out with the 17-6 shot advantage and took nine corners, while the Sooners only recorded two. Reeves led both teams with five shots and three on goal.

Colpitts (6-3-0) charted her sixth win of the season and stopped four shots, while Devonshire (4-6-4) took the loss and picked up five saves.  

The Hokies hit the road for the first time in four games as they travel to Florida for a tough ACC weekend. Tech will stop at top-ranked Florida State first on Thursday for an 8 p.m. match that will air on RSN, before heading further south to Miami Sunday.