The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team has been a consistent, winning program over the last decade. In a stretch from 2007 to 2015, the Hokies clinched 8 consecutive NCAA tournament berths. That streak came to an end last year as the team finished 11-5-3 and posted just a 3-4-3 record in the ACC.
This season, the Hokies are young and hungry for success. They opened the season at the University of San Diego tournament and defeated the host school 1-0 in double overtime. They followed that match with a 1-1 draw in double overtime against Pepperdine before heading back to Blacksburg.
The Hokies hosted their 2017 home opener last Friday night against the College of Charleston. Virginia Tech was without their senior starting forward, Alani Johnson, due to the two yellow cards she received in the draw against Pepperdine. Despite her absence, the Hokies found their groove offensively in a 4-0 win in front of their home crowd. The four goal scorers for Virginia Tech (Jordan Hemmen, Allyson Brown, Kari Johnston, and Lilly Weber) all of whom scored the first goals of their careers. The team finished with a total of 21 shots including 11 which were on goal in the victory.
That win set up an SEC/ACC matchup at Thompson Field yesterday. The Georgia Bulldogs faced Virginia Tech in the first all time meeting between the two schools. Both teams knew that this match would look good on their resume with a win on it come NCAA Tournament time
The match was chippy and physical early and often. The lone goal of the game came from senior Alani Johnson, that was scored on a deflection from Georgia goalkeeper Louise Hogrell in the 18th minute. The Bulldogs would have their chances late, but the play of Hokies goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn was crucial in getting the win for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies walk away from the weekend two wins better on the season, improving their 2017 record to 3-0-1. Head Coach Chugger Adair picked up his 90th and 91st wins of his career in the weekend games against College of Charleston and Georgia.
Virginia Tech will play their lone game of the week at Thompson Field on Thursday night as the William and Mary Tribe pay the Hokies a visit.
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