After acquiring their first loss of the season against No. 1 North Carolina last week, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team bounced back against Syracuse Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win.
Two goals and an assist from senior Jazmine Reeves helped the Hokies slide right past the Orange and gain their first ACC victory of the season.
The pair of goals helped Reeves climb up program record books, as her 20 career goals put her at sixth in team history.
She now has six goals on the season, passing freshman Murielle Tiernan and sophomore Ashley Meier.
“It is exciting — it makes me feel great,” Reeves said. “I think that scoring is one of the hardest things to do for me sometimes, but I couldn’t do it without any of (her teammates), so it’s not just me.”
Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts also made history in the game when she earned her 21st career shutout, setting a new record at Tech.
The Hokies gave her plenty of help offensively, with improved finishing skills being a key focus for the squad.
“We have been talking about decision making around the box,” said head coach Chugger Adair. “It’s been a combination of the movement around the box as well as our final pass to lead to the finish. It’s been difficult along with the actual finish, so we have been focusing mostly on points and keys on being a little bit sharper.”
In minute 143 of the game, Tiernan held the ball until she could send a pass to Reeves, who moved past two defenders to finish a one-on-one with the goalie.
“My first goal was a complete mistake,” Reeves said. “Murielle laid me a really great ball that I tried to get back to her, actually, but I think there was a little miscommunication between the Syracuse players and I just took advantage of that.”
Throughout the rest of the half, Tech and Syracuse did not give each other many opportunities, with each team attempting only three shots before the end of the half.
In the second half, the Hokies stuck again, as junior midfielder Kelsey Loupee scored on a one-touch shot after a low cross from Reeves.
“Reeves got the ball to the end-line. She made a great run through and Ashley Meier ran through the box taking some defenders with her and I just kind of dropped off a little bit. Reeves played me a great ball and I just one-touched it in,” Loupee said.
Right after Loupee’s goal, Reeves added another goal on a ball played by sophomore defender Jordan Coburn.
“It was a great ball from Jordan and there was a little space from behind so I just tried to use my speed and I picked my head up again and found a spot in the goal,” Reeves said.
The Hokies will play their next four games away, starting with a trip to College Park to face Maryland on Sept. 19.