BLACKSBURG, Virginia – No. 5 Virginia Tech scored once in each half to halt UNCW's three-game winning streak in a 2-0 women's soccer victory over the Seahawks Sunday at Thompson Field.
The Seahawks, finishing up play in the Virginia Tech Tournament over the weekend, stand 3-3 on the season heading into next weekend's Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Invitational at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. The Hokies, who crushed No. 13 Georgetown, 6-1, in their tourney opener on Friday, remain unbeaten at 6-0 this fall.
"There's a good reason Virginia Tech is the No. 5 team in the country," said Paul Cairney, UNCW's 19-year coach. "Come tournament time, they will be competing for the national championship. It was a great experience for our players to compete in this environment and come away with a win over Wake Forest on Friday."
The Seahawks faced an explosive team in the Hokies, who have outscored the opposition, 24-2, this season and held Tech to a season-low two goals on Sunday.
"We watched Virginia Tech score six goals against Georgetown on Friday and decided to stay compact behind the ball," said Cairney. "It was unfortunate to give up an early goal today, but we held them at bay for long spells.
Virginia Tech grabbed an early 1-0 advantage just five minutes into the contest when Ashley Meier's shot glanced off the hands of UNCW goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy at the 5:04 mark. Murielle Tiernan was credited with an assist on the tally.
The Hokies then pushed the lead to 2-0 at 69:55 on a goal by Shannon Mayrose, who scored her fourth goal of the season on a header after Kelsey Loupee served a free kick into the box.
Virginia Tech outshot UNCW, 24-6, in the game and had nine corner
kicks in the win.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks went 1-1 in the event after knocking off Wake Forest in double overtime on Friday…Sunday marked the first time this season that Virginia Tech has not led by at least two goals at intermission…Junior midfielder Morgan Leyble paced UNCW with two shots…The Seahawks had three shots in each period…The Hokies launched 12 shots in each half…It marked the third ACC opponent this season for UNCW…The Seahawks had all four of their corner kicks in the opening stanza.