Women’s Soccer Falls on the Road to Virginia Tech

Women’s Soccer Falls on the Road to Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Va.-  The Villanova Wildcats fell to the Virginia Tech Hokies by a final of 5-1 on Thursday afternoon.  The Wildcats move to 5-1 on the season while the Hokies are now 5-2.

“Tough game for us today,” shared head coach Chris McLain.  “Virginia Tech fed us some humble pie. Anytime you win five straight games, you start to feel untouchable and just expect to play well. Right from the whistle, they were faster, stronger and more relentless then we were. Great teams would embrace that and say game on. We just went into a retreat mode and that’s not the type of game you can drop back and bunker in.” 

“Ultimately, this is a team game and although great individual efforts are applauded, you must play as a team to win as a team.” 

Virginia Tech controlled play in the first half, taking 11 shots and scoring on three of the six shots they placed on goal.  The Hokies Tori Powell netted the first goal of the game in the 15th minute follow by a goal from Emily Gray in the 28th minute and just three minutes after Nicole Kozlova scored to make it 3-0 at halftime. 

Megan McClay, who finished with eight saves on the game, picked up three of those in the first half. 

McLain continued, “We spoke to the team about it at half and I’m proud how they responded. They came out flying. We were putting Virginia Tech under tremendous pressure. Chloe then scores another big time goal but to be fair it was the attitude and approach from the entire squad that earned that goal.”

The Wildcats regrouped to start the second half and Chloe O’Neill was able to get the Wildcats on the board in the 52nd minute.  O’Neill who got her shot to connect to the bottom left corner on a pass from Niki Molina to make it 3-1. 

Virginia Tech would net two more goals before the game of the match.  Sophie Maltese scored the first in the 84th minute followed by a goal from Aino Vuorinen in the 85th to make the final 5-1.

“After we switched from a back four to a back three to try and snag another goal, it just left us to opened up. They were able to do what good teams do, and make us pay for it. All in all, we are a better team if we learn from this game. I believe our players did that.”

Villanova will return home to host Colgate on Sunday.  Kickoff at Higgins Soccer Complex is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. and can be seen on Nova Nation All-Access on FloSports.

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