The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team remained undefeated last Friday by outlasting UNC Charlotte 2-0.
Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts continued her march toward history when she recorded her 20th career shutout, tying for the school record.
The Hokies’ offense has also been very strong so far this season with Jazmine Reeves, sophomore Ashley Meier and standout freshman Murielle Tiernan.
The team has scored 19 goals in its first six games, a very strong early showing for the squad.
Although the offense has never been in question this season for the Hokies, there has been some concerns for the defense.
The unit sports some inexperienced players on the back end, and head coach Chugger Adair stresses that the transition from backup to starter has been a challenging one.
“We have three or four (defenders) who were basically reserves last year so they are coming into being starters this year,” Adair said.
Despite remaining undefeated and playing exceptionally well, there are always things to work on and room for improvement.
“I think that we continue to grow,” Adair said. “We probably have four or five kids who are starters and weren’t starters last year. We will continue to develop and see how they can impact the team as we move forward.”
In the first half, the Hokies penetrated the 49ers’ defense consistently, but missed many golden opportunities.
The first goal finally came in the fifteenth minute, when Reeves sent a low cross in, which appeared to have been touched by Ashley Manning into the goal, but actually hit a group of the 49er defenders to put the Hokies on the board first.
“I told the girls at halftime that the score was 10-0 and the only goal scored was by them was a goal that we created but we didn’t finish and I thought we should have done better,” Adair said. ”In bigger games, more difficult games, we are going to get less chances, so creating and finishing our limited chances is going to be very important.”
Throughout the first half, Tech controlled the field, applying a lot of pressure and possessing the ball for most of the game, limiting the 49ers’ opportunities to score the first half.
“I think that we controlled the whole game in that aspect with possession,” Adair said. “We limited their opportunity to get that flow, and we took that and got that rhythm, kept the ball and allowed ourselves to create opportunities.”
Tiernan scored the second goal in the second half for the Hokies.
“(Midfielder Kelsey) Loupee played a perfect ball in and I just snuck around the goalie,” Tiernan said. “I heard her on my back so I just dipped past her.”
It is the fourth goal of the season for Tiernan, who will play an important role on the team going forward.
“I think that the team looks for me to hold onto the ball, to play off the midfielders and having (Reeves) run behind me a lot,” Tiernan said.
The Hokies will try to keep up their winning ways when they take on ACC powerhouse North Carolina on Thursday at Thompson Field.
The Tar Heels are currently ranked first in the nation and Tech will get a chance to make some noise nationally by taking down the top team.
The team took down UNC in Blacksburg two years ago by a score of 1-0 when the Heels were ranked eighth, and now the Hokies will try to top that victory this week.
A win against the Tar Heels would not only vault Tech into the national conversation with a chance to improve on their No. 22 overall ranking, but would also eliminate the toughest opponent the team will face at home all season.
The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.