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Hokies Face Mississippi State Bulldogs

The No. 17 Virginia Tech women's soccer team continued their opening season efforts against non-conference foe, Mississippi State University.

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The Virginia Tech Hokies women's soccer team continued their efforts in South Carolina at the Charleston Tournament. In the second round of the tournament the Hokies faced the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  The game was close, but in the end the Hokies pulled it out and won, 2-1.

The majority of the game was a defensive struggle, but the women of VPI showcased their offensive capability.  The Hokies had 12 shots to the Bulldog's nine.  More importantly, VT had seven shots on goal while MSU only had 4.  In the opening two games of the season the Hokies have out shot their opponents, 29-10, and shots on goal, 16-5.  Those are very encouraging numbers, and bode well for the remainder of the season.

The Hokies and Bulldogs were, more or less, equals during the first period, and at the break the score rested where it had started, 0-0.  The majority of the second half was more of the same.  The first goal of the game didn't happen until the 81st minute when MSU's MaKayla Waldner put one past VT's Mandy McGlynn.

Virginia Tech veteran, Candace Cephers, was not having it.  During the 88th minute she tied the game with a penalty kick goal, before immediately following that score with another, off a header, at 89:05!  In under two minutes Candace scored two goals, which the Bulldogs were unable to overcome, ending the game with a VT victory at 2-1.

With the win the Hokies improve to 2-0.  Up next Virginia Tech faces the East Carolina Pirates for their home opener at Thompson Field, this Friday, August 26, at 7 PM.

Great start Hokies!  Keep it up!