Women's Soccer ACCtion: Thursday, October 4
Oct. 4, 2007
A second half goal by Marika Gray off a long throw-in from Julian Johnson kept the Miami Hurricanes from earning the win as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw Thursday night in front of 537 fans at Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.
This marks just the second tie and first since 2001 in the eight-game series between the two teams as Tech now moves to 4-4-2 (0-2-1 ACC) while Miami remains unbeaten in the ACC at 2-0-1 with a 6-2-3 overall record.
Current ACC and NSCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Week Brittney Steinbruch scored the first goal of the game to put Miami ahead 1-0 at the 15th minute. Prior to the score, Ashley Owens (Greensboro, N.C.) made a goal kick that was intercepted by Lauren Singer beyond the goal box, who then almost immediately made a long shot saved by a diving Owens. However, the ball got away from Owens, and a speedy Steinbruch was there to tap the ball in for her 12th goal of the season.
Both teams continued to press the ball against each other, and the Hokies finally got on the board at the 61st minute when Julian Johnson (Norfolk, Va.) made at least a 30-yard throw-in that was handled by Gray (Alexandria, Va.) in front of the goal and put in for the 1-1 tie. That was Johnson's second assist of the season and 14th career, putting her at the No. 2 spot in the all-time Hokie record book, just two behind senior Erin Moore (Poolesville, Md.).
The fifth ranked Virginia women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 1-1 draw Thursday night against No. 22 Florida State at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers remain unbeaten in the ACC (1-0-2) and go to 7-1-3 overall.
In the first half, the Cavaliers had the better of play, but the Seminoles (6-3-2, 1-1-1 ACC) took advantage of their first chance. In the 18th minute, Holly Peltzer dribbled into the box and fired a shot to the far side of the net for her second goal of the season. The score snapped the Cavaliers' school record shutout streak at 783 minutes.
After halftime, the Cavaliers controlled the game, outshooting the Seminoles 10-0 the rest of the night. Virginia evened the match on their first shot of the second half, as Sarah Senty (Arlington, Va.) stole a ball in the midfield, dribbled inside the box and fired a shot just inside the far post for her first goal of the year.