No. 22 Hokies cruise past the Clemson Tigers, 3-0
Meier, Coburn, Manning connect on goals
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 22 Virginia Tech women’s soccer team cruised
past the Clemson Tigers, 3-0, Thursday night at the historic Riggs
Field. Ashley Meier, Jordan Coburn and Ashley Manning connected on the
Tech improved to 12-4-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the ACC, while the Tigers
fell 5-10-2 and 0-9-0 in the conference.
The game started off with the Hokies attacking hard. Their first
corner kick came five minutes into the game, but the Tiger defense was
there to clear the ball out. Tech continued attacking with three
unanswered shots before the first goal at the 11:20 mark.
Meier took the ball up the field and made moves past the defenders and
took a shot that the Clemson keeper, Hunter Rittgers, blocked. Katie
Yensen flew in to try and connect but Rittgers was there again but
couldn’t grab it. Meier was there to connect on the goal about 12
The first half ended with Clemson’s third shot of the game at the
43:35 mark and the Hokie keeper Dayle Colpitts picked up her second
save of the night. The two teams went into the break with Tech up 1-0.
Tech took the 8-3 shot advantage in the first half, while taking two
corners. Clemson’s Rittgers picked up three saves.
The Hokies continued with the momentum in the second, taking another
corner just two minutes in but the ball was cleared. Meier set up the
second corner of the half off her fifth shot of the game, which was
The corner kick taken by Kelsey Loupee at the 51:43 mark was cleared
by the Tigers. But the ball found Coburn at the top of the 18-yard box
and the freshman fired one past the new Clemson keeper, Morgan Hert,
to go up 2-0.
With just under 20 minutes to go, the Hokies increase the dominant
lead to three. Meier took the ball down the left sideline and
perfectly placed the ball in the 18-yard box and Manning flicked it to
the top left corner for her third goal of the season.
Up 3-0 with 16 minutes remaining, Caroline Kelly entered the game for
the first time in 11 contests as she replaced Colpitts in goal. The
freshman received action quickly and stopped a Clemson shot at the
75:52 mark to pick up her first save of the night.
The Hokies closed the game out, outshooting the Tigers 13-7 and took
the 4-2 corner advantage. Meier led both teams with five shots with
two goal and three points.
Colpitts recorded the win for the Hokies as she moved to 7-4-1 on the
season and picked up two saves. Kelly picked up the final two saves
for the Hokies. Rittgers took the loss and moved to 5-8-2 overall and
stopped three shots.
Tech returns to Blacksburg for its final home contest of the season
Sunday against in-state rival Virginia at 5 p.m. Prior to kickoff the
Hokie staff will honor its senior class for their dedication to the