Virginia Tech’s sixth ranked women’s soccer team had a big weekend, beating No. 19 Wake Forest 2-1 in a comeback overtime win on Thursday and stomping Pittsburgh 4-0 on Sunday.
The two wins bring the Hokies to 13-1-2 on the season and 8-1-1 in the ACC. The wins also extended their winning streak to nine.
Wake was the first game the team played as the sixth ranked squad in the nation, the highest ranking achieved in program history. The Hokies are not playing under the radar anymore, and the team knows it.
“We try not to pay attention to the rankings, but the higher you go, the more people are going to want to beat you,” said freshman forward Murielle Tiernan.
Head coach Chugger Adair just wants the team to focus on winning.
“Our girls have to forget about rankings and things like that to step up and play,” Adair said.
Adair was pleased with the tough victory over the Demon Deacons, but was not too happy with how the team started the game.
“Wake had a good game plan today and they were better than us at the start tonight,” Adair said. “We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole … In the end we got a good result tonight, but it took a lot more effort than we wanted, digging out of that hole.”
Wake Forest put the first points on the board, making it 1-0 at the eleven minute mark. It was the first time the Hokies have been behind since they lost to North Carolina on Sept. 12.
Tech was not behind for long, as Shannon Mayrose tied the game in the 26th minute.
Junior midfielder Katie Yensen got the assist, as she passed the ball to Mayrose at the top of the box. Mayrose was able to shoot it left-footed, and the ball bounced off a Wake defender and into the top right of the goal.
This was Mayrose’s fourth game back after an injury this summer, but Mayrose now has goals in two of the team's last three games.
Despite her recent goals, she still feels she is not back to where she was last year.