Virginia Tech junior Murielle Tiernan scored two goals as the number 13 Virginia Tech women’s soccer team opened their season with a win against the Indiana Hoosiers during the first round of the Hoosier Classic. The Hokies jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first 20 minutes of the match and never trailed on their way to a 2-1 victory.
Last year Tiernan led VPI in goals and assists. Senior Ashley Meier has been named a preseason All-ACC selection for 2015, and last year was third in goals. Together these two young women hope to lead the Fighting Gobblers women’s soccer effort, and build on the successes of last year’s squad.
The Hokie’s next game is Sunday, August 23 against the number 12 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers. West Virginia also opened the Hoosier Classic with a 2-0 victory over the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville squad. The number 12 team in the country boasts one of the most talented defenders in the world, Kadeisha Buchanan, who is also a member of the Canadian National Team. The Hokies will certainly have their hands full with the Mountaineers.
In the past, WVU and VT have shared a visceral rivalry throughout all sports competition. Although the teams do not compete as regularly as they once did, any meeting still carries with it an increased sense of competitiveness. WVU leads the overall series 3-2, but the Hokies have won the previous two games. The last contest between the rivals was on November 22, 2013 during the NCAA tournament. During that match the number four Hokies defeated the number 12 Mountaineers 1-0.
The Hokies are off to a strong start in 2015, and hope to carry that momentum and a trend of victories against WVU into Sunday’s game.
See the full Box Score of the game against Indiana here.