The NSCAA No. 9 Virginia Tech women’s soccer squad extended their season opening winning streak to three in a row when they defeated the James Madison Dukes Friday night at Thompson Field in Blacksburg. With the win Virginia Tech also extended another streak, marking four in a row against the Dukes, although JMU still leads the all-time series against VPI, 12-5-1.
The Hokies demonstrated a robust offensive assault on the Dukes, outshooting JMU 20-7. VT’s goalkeeper, Kaylyn Smith collected three saves. Preseason All-ACC selection Ashley Meier scored shortly after the game started off a pass from ESPNW’s National Player of the Week, Murielle Tiernan, allowing the Hokies to jump out to a 1-0 lead. In the second half Meier scored her next goal, increasing VPI’s lead 2-0. JMU eventually answered with a singular score before the game ended with the Hokie victory, 2-1.
Accepting the fact that VPI will not be facing UVA this year, JMU represents the greatest in-state rival that VT will face. In fact, the only other in-state team the Hokies will face is Longwood on September 2.
As the Virginia Tech Women’s squad treks into the NSCAA top ten, they look to their next opponent, the Tennessee Volunteers. The Volunteers have yet to be scored on this season, opening their year with three shut-outs. Although Tennessee has not lost a game they have only a lone victory, which they earned over Georgia Southern. Their remaining matches, against Liberty and Lipscomb, ended in draws.
Virginia will play Tennessee, in Blacksburg, September 30, 5pm eastern standard time.
The full box score against JMU can be viewed here.