Men’s football continues to tear apart, women’s football appears to be bouncing back

Virginia Tech men’s soccer is officially in the top five with a seven-game unbeaten streak. (Virginia Tech sports photography)

Another week meant two more wins for the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team, taking their unbeaten streak to seven games. Meanwhile, the women’s soccer team have lost two close games and the volleyball team is still looking for answers after a tough weekend in North Carolina.

Men’s football

Two offensive explosions, eight goals, a clean sheet for Ben Martino and a No.5 ranking ended one of the most eventful weeks for the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team (8-1-3, 3-1- 1 ACC).

Last Friday, the Hokies scored four goals – all in the second half – against No. 23 Louisville. Half of those were scored by forward Jacob Labovitz, Tech’s top scorer this season. The other two were followed by forwards Pol Monells and Kahlil Dover.

While neither team scored in the first half, it didn’t take long for things to change in the second half. Labovitz headed his 20th career goal for the Hokies on a Kyle McDowell cross in the 47th minute.

Five minutes later, Tech’s lead doubled as Labovitz fired a shot into the roof of the net on a quick pass from Tyler Taber.

After the Hokies’ two-goal lead was halved in the 69th minute, Monells received a long assist from Kahlil Dover and dribbled around the goalie to give the Hokies another two-goal lead.

Dover then put his name in the goals column after sweeping into the box and finishing a cross from Monells in the 81st minute to give the Hokies a 4-1 lead.

Despite conceding a second goal in the dwindling minutes, Matt Zambetti scored for Martino for the second time this season, recording six saves.

Tech went from No.9 in the United Coaches Soccer poll to No.5 on Tuesday and came away the winner by welcoming Davidson.

The Hokies came out early, scoring two first-half goals and sidelining the game early, despite some of their regular holders.

Conor Pugh scored twice, scoring once in each half. Meanwhile, Monells added Tech’s second goal of the night in the 31st minute and defender Sivert Haugli added VT’s fourth goal of the night from a penalty kick in the 87th minute.

Next, the Hokies will travel to Winston-Salem, NC, to face Wake Forest on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game can be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

Women’s football

Virginia Tech women’s football appears to be rebounding against the Florida State No.1 after two straight losses. (Virginia Tech sports photography)

Last week, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team (8-4-2, 2-2-2 ACC) saw their six-game unbeaten streak come to an end against Clemson, 1-0, on October 7.

Eight minutes into the game, forwards Nicole Kozlova and Tori Powell gave Tech their best scoring chance of the night. On a block, Kozlova sent Powell a perfectly placed pass between her feet. But Powell’s contested attempt was saved by Tigers goaltender Hensley Hancuff.

Clemson found the match winner in the 17th minute when Clemson’s Morris sisters – Makenna and Maliah – teamed up. Maliah sent a right-to-left cross into the Tigers’ 18-yard box, and Makenna aimed a tear at the hands of goaltender Alia Skinner who dove into the upper left corner of the frame.

With the Hokies still lagging behind in the 80th minute, Kozlova rounded a defender to create her chance to score the tying goal, but the Ukraine international’s luck hung outside the left post.

After the loss to Clemson, the VT traveled to Wake Forest on Sunday night. And even with Powell’s hat trick when she scored in the 22nd, 46th and 61st minutes, it wasn’t enough for the Hokies who lost the game 4-3.

Wake Forest scored the first with two goals in the first 12 minutes, but the pass from midfielder Emma Pelkowski provided the assist on Powell’s first goal of the game which brought Tech to one of Wake Forest. before half an hour.

The Demon Deacons entered halftime with a 3-1 lead before Powell scored his next two goals to tie the score at three in the 61st minute.

But it was not enough.

Three minutes later, Tech conceded the game-winning goal as Shayla Smart passed defender Emma Steigerwald to offload her 12-yard attempt through the right post.

Virginia Tech returns home to Thompson Field on Friday when the Hokies host the Florida State No.1 at 5 p.m. The game can be streamed on ACC Network Extra.


Virginia Tech Volleyball is still chasing her first ACC victory of the season. (Virginia Tech sports photography)

The Virginia Tech volleyball team (9-9, 0-6 ACC) are still chasing their first conference victory after losing two games in North Carolina over the weekend. The Hokies were swept across the state of North Carolina on Friday night and North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

Tech fell 25-14, 25-12 and 25-19 to Wolfpack after taking the lead in all three sets without looking back. The third set, however, was a bit tighter as the VT moved closer to a point at 19-18 after a victory for outside striker Amanda Lowe.

Ultimately, NC State killed the Hokies’ momentum and used a five-point run to get the Hokies out of the building and get to Chapel Hill.

Tech didn’t do much against the Tar Heels on Sunday either when they beat VT 25-8, 25-23, 25-8 in straight sets.

The Hokies, however, showed a bit of fighting when an ace from Maya Perry gave them a 19-15 lead in the second set. But they couldn’t stop the UNC train as it ran an 8-1 run later in the set to claim it.

Then UNC rode through the third set, leaving the Hokies winless during their weekend in North Carolina.

Virginia Tech returns to Blacksburg for two straight weekends, opening the home stand with No.3 Louisville on Friday and Notre Dame on Sunday. Both matches can be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

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