Virginia Tech’s No. 12 women’s soccer team beat Clemson 1-0 in overtime Thursday night in their first home game in 18 days.
“We are banged up a little bit from the road trip and it came to show tonight, but we showed a little bit of depth,” said head coach Chugger Adair. “We were able to win and use some different players at different positions. It was a good night for us.”
Junior Katie Yensen led the team with the only goal of the night in the first minute of overtime. It was not her first game-winning goal of the season, but her first in overtime.
The win brings the Hokies to 10-1-2 on the season and 5-1-1 in the ACC.
The game started out slowly, as neither team had any good looks until 14 minutes in when Jasmine Reeves had a shot just slide by the outside of the right post.
In the last five minutes of the half, Tech had a number of close shots.
One occurred after Clemson’s goalkeeper, Kailen Sheridan, came out of the goal and sent the ball flying high into the air. The ball came down with Sheridan still out of the goal.
Morgan Conklin was almost able to tap the ball into the open goal, but a Clemson defender was able to block the shot and keep the game scoreless.
Throughout the half both teams played aggressively, as a total of 14 fouls were called in the first half alone.
The Hokies came out of halftime hot, with two close looks in the first two minutes.
After hot start, a number of fouls slowed Tech down, including a yellow card against Tech’s assistant coach after forward Murielle Tiernan got called for a foul when she was running down field on a breakaway.
Tech controlled the ball most of the second half. They took nine shots to the Tigers' one, but missed opportunity after opportunity.
Neither team could score in regulation and the game went into overtime.
Within the first minute of overtime, Yensen was able to poke the ball between a defender’s legs and into the goal off a pass from Taylor Antolino.
Adair was pleased with how the team improved from the first half to the second.
“I thought we had a poor first half, they were in to disrupt us a little bit and make it difficult for us to play,” Adair said. “In the second half, we showed a little bit more composure on the ball. We were able to create more chances.”
The Hokies came out with the win, but missed many open shots. Yensen said that finishing is something the team struggles with and is working on.
“We need to focus on the final third and that extra touch because it was there, we had so many chances," Yensen said. "I think if we can get those then we can put teams away not 1-0, but 3-0."
The team plays next when they take on No. 4 Notre Dame, the first time the team will play the Irish as an ACC team.
“We are going to get a full week of rest next week and start preparing for Notre Dame,” Adair said.