The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team will conclude its four-game ACC road trip with a visit to Durham to face the Duke Blue Devils.
Even though the Hokies faced two ranked teams last week and came away with two wins, they expect this weekend’s contest to be just as tough.
“Duke is a very good team. They still have three or four national team kids in their starting lineup,” said head coach Chugger Adair. “The results haven’t been falling for them so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for both matches and can have the same results as last weekend.”
The other match Adair alluded to for the Hokies was a win at North Carolina State on Thursday night. Tech was able to get a big 4-1 win against the Wolfpack on the road in the Raleigh.
But the focus going into the weekend is on the Blue Devils, a team that is talented but has had a rough stretch recently.
“Duke is very good but I think we’re just going to attack them and play like we have been playing,” said junior defender Jodie Zelenky. “I don’t think we really need to change anything much because we’ve been playing so well the past couple of games.”
The defense has been terrific throughout the season and especially on the road. The unit has not allowed a goal since giving up two in a tight loss to top-ranked North Carolina on Sept. 12.
Specifically, for her performance, Zelenky was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Women’s Team of the Week for Sept. 24 after she played all 180 minutes in two shutout wins the previous week.
With their strong play of late, the Hokies are ready to pick up where they left off.
“I think we have a lot of confidence going into the next road games,” Zelenky said. “We were able to keep a shutout and get a lot of good opportunities in the past two road games and I think playing against two teams that are as good as Maryland and Boston College should give us a lot of confidence going into this weekend.”