The women's soccer team earned a conference victory, beating Duke 4-2 on the road Sunday afternoon. This victory improved the Hokies overall record to 11-1-1 and 3-1 in conference play. They remain No. 9 in the rankings.
Anissa Dadkhah helped the team jump to a quick start, scoring her first collegiate goal off an assist by Madi Conyers, just 15 minutes into the game. Less than 5 minutes into the second half, Tech increased their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Laila Gray, off of a steal. In the 69th minute, Murielle Tiernan scored off of a corner by Jordan Coburn pulling ahead 3-0, before Caroline Kerns scored the fourth and final goal of the match for the Hokies.
Duke scored their two goals during the final eight minutes of the game. The Blue Devils outshot Tech 17-12 but only five of the 17 shots were on goal.
"Scoring four goals on the road against a very good Duke team is a huge accomplishment," head coach Chugger Adair said. "Im proud of them for that," he added. Adair also gave props to his coaching staff Drew Kopp and Matt Gwilliam, for being prepared and making sure the team was ready for a tough match on the road.
The four goals scored by Tech were the most against an ACC opponent since Oct. 23 of last season, when they won 5-0 at Syracuse. An interesting statistic, the Hokies are 61-0 all-time when scoring four goals or more in a match.
This was the first of a three game road series against ACC opponents for the Hokies. They will travel to Wake Forest on Thursday to take on the Demon Deacons at 7 p.m.