Oct 15, 2012

No. 19 Virginia Tech Women Tie Miami, 1-1

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The No. 19 Virginia Tech women’s soccer team concluded a tough two-game road trip with a scoreless draw against Miami Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium. Junior Dayle Colpitts remained perfect in goal, as she recorded a season-high seven saves to move the Hokies to 11-4-1 on the season and 2-4-1 in the ACC.

The Hurricanes moved to 7-6-2 overall and 2-4-1 in conference, as both teams still remain tied with seven points in the conference standings behind seven teams. 

“Today was a difficult game for us at Miami,” commented head coach Chugger Adair. “It was a big game and a hard fought match that we worked hard on. To get a result ending in a draw in our conference is a good result and we will take a point whenever we can get one. I thought both teams played hard, created chances and had opportunities. A tie on the road at Miami on a difficult field to play at against a tough, hard fought Miami team, we are happy with the point.”

The game started off with a lot of back-and-forth action. Miami’s Ally Andreini took the first shot of the game almost two minutes into the first half, but went high. The game was interrupted by a Hokie injury at the 4:42 mark. Jodie Zelenky collided unintentionally with a Hurricane defender and did not return.

Four minutes later, Shannon Mayrose took the first Tech shot that went on goal but Miami’s goalkeeper Emily Lillard was there to make the stop.

The two teams traded shots but were unable to connect and the first half ended with the score still at zero. The Hokies and Hurricanes went into the break with four shots and a corner kick each. 

Miami grabbed the intensity early in the second and out shot the Hokies 9-2 in the final regulation. Mayrose tried to put the Hokies up one at the 65:45 mark but Lillard was there to stop the only Tech shot on goal. Colpitts remained solid stopping all five of the Hurricanes’ shots on goal to force the game into the first overtime.

Both teams battled for possession and were unable to create any chances, as the final overtime period began.

Time became a factor as both teams continued to battle, but the clock quickly ticked down to zero without a goal being scored. Both teams found just one opportunity in the final overtime period, but both goalies remained perfect.

Miami out shot the Hokies 14-7 and both teams recorded four corner kicks. The Hurricanes’ Tara Schwitter recorded a game-high six shots, while Mayrose led the Hokies with two shots and two on goal.

Both goalies earned the shutouts, playing all 110 minutes. Colpitts charted a season-high seven saves and moved to 6-4-1 on the season, while Lillard stopped four shots and moved to 5-6-2 overall.

Tech is back in action as it continues on the road Thursday with a 7 p.m. ACC matchup against Clemson. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.