Hokies keep Florida State No.1 close despite loss
Virginia Tech (8-5-2, 2-3-2 ACC) managed to keep Florida State (14-0-0, 7-0-0 ACC) on hand throughout the night, not playing worse than a goal of more than an hour. With their stiff defense, the Hokies limited the Seminoles to season lows in total attempts (nine) and attempts on target (two) while keeping the visitors in a corner during each half.
Beata Olsson gave Florida State the go-ahead in the 31st minute, beating Alia skinner to a ball in the box before ending the FSU attack with a routine open finish. Yujie Zhao took care of the lead on the left wing, returning Gabby Carle’s pass to herself before preparing for Olsson’s reception at the penalty spot.
Tech was one goal from the equalizer until the 70th minute when Jaelin Howell discharged a 25-yard strike that sailed under the crossbar out of Skinner’s reach. Carle was credited with his second assist of the game as his return trip with Howell kept FSU standing with their 2-0 lead.
Nicole kozlova Arguably the Hokies found the best way to find the net in the first 10 minutes of play. Tori powell had intimidated Howell on the ball on Tech’s counterattack, the sophomore passed a left side pass to Kozlova, who landed her left-footed shot in Mia Justus’ diving gloves.
Emily gray racked up three attempts on his senior night, almost turning an FSU turnover into a tying goal in the 67th minute.
Tech conceded the 9-5 advantage in total attempts to the Seminoles (2-1 on target).
Virginia Tech will host Miami at Thompson Field on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m.