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Hokies move up to No. 9 in the rankings after beating Syracuse

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The women's soccer team rolled past Syracuse on Sunday afternoon with a score of 3-1, after they gained an early lead and refused to trail the whole game.

With the win, the Hokies have moved up to No. 9 in the rankings. They are now 10-1-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

The Hokies began the game with a quick start by scoring in the 16th minute of the game. Candace Cephers scored off of a corner kick from Jordan Coburn for a 1-0 lead. About eight minutes later, Michelle Tiernan scored her ninth goal of the season, off of a free kick from Coburn, giving the Hokies a 2-0 lead.

Just before intermission, Syracuse was able to score their only goal of the game. Early in the second half, the Hokies were able to seal the deal when Ashley Meier stole the ball in the Syracuse half, scoring from 10 yards out for a 3-1 lead.

"I was happy with the start by us," head coach Chugger Adair said. "I think we came out with more energy and fire. There was more excitement in the first half. I think we set a tone for the game then, which was good."

Tech dominated the stats in the game, outshooting Syracuse 15-8, and taking seven corner kicks. Kaylyn Smith also recorded two, second half saves.

"I was happy with the overall result," Adair concluded. "I think the girls stepped up and played well. We're growing and getting better and I'm happy with that. We have to continue to grow and develop.

The Hokies play three straight games on the road beginning this weekend as they take on Duke, Saturday at 2 p.m., before traveling to Wake Forest and Clemson later next week.