No. 3 Virginia Tech women's soccer silences Buffalo in 5-0 blowout
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The third-ranked Virginia Tech women’s soccer team earned its eighth-consecutive win on Friday night after beating Buffalo 5-0. Murielle Tiernan and Madi Conyers scored two goals apiece while Erika Perez added another in the rainy affair.
“I thought Buffalo was a very good side,” head coach Chugger Adair said after the game. “They defended very well, especially in the first half. They were well organized and well coached and they made it tough for us.”
Entering Friday’s match, the Hokies' fifth-highest scoring offense, matched up against Buffalo (4- 1-1), an undefeated team that hadn’t given up a goal the entire year. However, the season shutout ended quickly for the Bulls when they took the field.
Tiernan began the scoring for the Hokies in the 24th minute when she scored her third header-goal in two games. The play began when freshman Alani Johnson sent a ball wide to Morgan Conklin, who connected with Teirnan deep inside Buffalo territory. The header put the Hokies up 1-0.
Tech continued to dominate possession, but it wasn’t until the 42nd minute that the Hokies extended their lead to two when Conyers scored her first goal of her career off a Danielle King cross.
In the 59th minute, Tiernan headed in her second goal of the game off of a corner from Jodie Zelenky.
Three minutes later, Conyers scored her second of the game off a sequence pf passes from sequence Candace Cephers, Ashley Meier and King.
With seven minutes left in the game, Perez who subbed-in at forward scored her first goal of her career. After crisp passing from Laila Gray and Ellie Zoepfl, Perez fired a shot inside the box past the Bulls’ keeper to put the Hokies up 5-0.
Virginia Tech's defense was also strong as Coburn and company held the Bulls to only one shot on goal and one corner kick. Virginia Tech goalkeeper Caroline Kelly earned her fifth shutout of the year.
The Hokies have now scored three goals off of headers in the last two games. They have proved to be a dangerous team in the air with athletic, tall players like Cephers, Tiernan and Meier crashing the net.