The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team looks to remain unbeaten when it hosts UNC Charlotte on Friday night.
The Hokies are 3-0-1 on the season to this point, with wins over High Point, East Tennessee State and North Texas.
The Hokies tied the Louisville Cardinals 1-1 at the Wake Forest Invitational last weekend.
“I thought we played and moved the ball better than we had so far this season, and for the most part handled their counterattack and very athletic front line very well," said head coach Chugger Adair after the game.
The Hokies’ offense has been balanced thus far, with senior Jazmine Reeves, second team All-ACC sophomore Ashley Meier and freshman Murielle Tiernan all scoring three goals. But the team hasn’t even been at full strength yet.
“If Kelly Conheeney comes back strong and Shannon Mayrose comes out of an injury eventually and is right back into it, I think we’ll have a great team again,” Meier said.
The Hokies' offense is certainly their strength this season, but the defense has played rather well to start the season.
Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts is the leader of the back line and just recorded the 30th win of her career, which is the best mark in Tech history. Additionally, Colpitts is one shutout away from tying the career record.
The biggest question heading into the season was the new-look defensive backfield, and so far it has answered the call.
After losing three senior starters from a year ago, Danielle King, Jodie Zelenky and Taylor Antolino have joined Jordan Coburn in the starting lineup.
All three had some game experience from previous years, but only 15 career starts between them. But through four games the defense has given up just one goal per game and 15 shots on goal.
The offense has helped ease the pressure on this group by attacking opponents hard early in the game. The Hokies have scored first in each game this year.
Additionally, the team has taken 35 corner kicks and 80 shots in just four games.
On the other side, UNC Charlotte enters the game 3-0 after victories over Liberty, UNC Wilmington and Gardner-Webb.
The game in Blacksburg is the first road trip of the year for the 49ers after a game at Elon that was scheduled for Sept. 1 was cancelled.
The 49ers strength is their defense, as they have allowed just one goal on the season.
However, they have yet to face a team with the offensive ability of Virginia Tech.