Virginia Tech will host 3rd North Carolina on Saturday

NOIRSBOURG – The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team returns to Blacksburg to take on #3 North Carolina on Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s game against North Carolina will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra. Virginia Tech follows the series against North Carolina with a 2-7 record at home.

Saturday October 1 – 7 p.m.
Thompson Field, Blacksburg, Virginia.
against North Carolina (9-2, 2-1)

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Two-game ACC shutout (8-2-1, 2-1): Virginia Tech upset the #22 NC State Wolfpack last Thursday in Raleigh with a 1-0 victory. Taylor Prize took the winning blow against the Wolfpack with an assist from Natalie Mitchell in the 62nd minute. Lauren Hargrove blocked the Wolfpacks’ only shot on goal to record his fourth clean sheet of the season. Tech then goes on to Winston-Salem to win against Wake Forest (2-0). Sophie Maltese scored the first goal of the game sending the Hokies 1-0 at halftime. At the 65th minute, Taylor Bryan scored his first goal of the season by drilling the ball into the top right corner to close the game 2-0. The Hokies limited the Demon Deacons to two shots on goal.

Tar Heels No. 3 (9-2, 2-1): North Carolina defeated Boston College on Sunday in a 3-0 shutout at home. Tar Heels leading scorer Avery Patterson scored his seventh goal of the season against the Eagles. North Carolina defenders limited Boston to four shots throughout the game (17-4). Against Syracuse, the Tar Heels had 19 shots, including one into the back of the net by Tori Dellaperuta to win the game. Syracuse kept North Carolina from scoring in the final 58 minutes of the game.

Keep your eyes on: Victoria Haugen was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Haugen was key to the Hokies’ success in both shutout win games playing the full 90 minutes each. UNC’s Sam Meza was also recognized as Defensive Player of the Week this season, helping her team defeat Duke 3-0. Taylor Prize scored his sixth goal of the season in a conference game against NC State. Price scored Hokie’s first goal four times this season in the last 11 games, each leading to a victory for Virginia Tech. Price is tied for fifth in the ACC in goals this season, just behind Patterson tied for third in UNC. Natalie Mitchell continues to lead the Hokies in shots with 41 in 11 games, tied for fifth in the ACC. Mitchell is also tied for second in the ACC with six assists. Goalkeeper Lauren Hargrove recorded five clean sheets with 30 saves. Hargrove is tied for second in the conference with five shutouts.

Strokes: Virginia Tech has 205 shots this season while limiting opponents to 90 shots. North Carolina is tied with 203 shots, limiting opponents to 76. The Hokies are averaging 18.6 shots per game, compared to the Tar Heels’ average of 18.5.

TAKE A BREAK: Saturday’s game is Mental Health Awareness Day at Thompson Field. Our student-athletes will wear green ribbons to show their support, fans can stop by the marketing table to pick up mental health insights and share a few words of inspiration. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to take a break and hit the field to enjoy an evening of women’s soccer.

• The Hokies traveled to Coral Gables, Florida to take on Miami (3-4-2) on Thursday October 6 at 6:00pm.

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