The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Georgetown on Sunday night.
In a game that had three lead changes, the Hokies took the No. 14 Hoyas to overtime before losing 3-2. It was the Hokies’ fifth consecutive tournament appearance, and their first at Thompson Field.
The Hokies had not played in nearly three weeks and it showed. Just three minutes into the game, the Hoyas drew first blood after a two-on-one. Tech’s back line regrouped and would not allow another goal for over 70 minutes.
“They had very good movement off the ball, and our marking wasn’t as tight as we needed to be,” senior defender Kelsey Mitchell said.
After a non-call on a penalty kick appeal from Shannon Mayrose, the Hokies finally started finding their rhythm. Mayrose was on a breakaway before going down in the box, but the referee let play go on, and the Thompson crowd let the referee know how they felt.
Midway through the first half, forward Jazmine Reeves came on and immediately gave life to the Hokies’ attack.
Minutes before the half, Kelsey Loupee connected with Ashley Meier following a free kick, and Meier headed the ball into the net, tying the game. Meier finished the season as the team’s leading scorer with eight goals.
But the Hokies were not done.
Anne Lumpkin fed a pass up the middle of the pitch to Reeves, who outran two Hoyas defenders before blasting a shot at the far post, giving the Hokies the lead.
The Hokies had turned their deficit into a lead in less than two minutes and went into the half up 2-1.
For much of the second half, the Hokies held the ball and looked comfortable in possession, but as time went on, the Hoyas began creating chances.
Georgetown tied the game with 12 minutes to go on a header by Kaitlin Brenn. The Hoyas had been building up their attack, and keeper Dayle Colpitts had made a number of saves before conceding.
“It’s been a problem for us all year — closing out games when we’re up by a goal,” Colpitts said.
“They were dangerous in their attack. The last two goals the ball found the right girl at the right time and they were able to put it away nicely.”
The Hokies had opportunities to steal a late winner on two final corner kicks, but nothing came of them and the game went into overtime.
Similar to the start of the game, the Hoyas found the golden goal just minutes in. On a low cross into the Hokies’ box, Georgetown forward Sarah Adams lobbed a shot over the reach of Colpitts, ending the game and the Hokies’ season.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match," coach Chugger Adair said. "I felt it was a game that could’ve (gone) either way.
“We were good tonight, just not good enough.”