Virginia Tech rode a pair of early goals to the women’s open championship Saturday afternoon at the NIRSA National Soccer Championships in Foley, Alabama.
The Hokies put a pair of shots into the net in the first five minutes of the match. Tournament MVP Emily Fitzsimmons scored first, then Kelly Kampfmueller just a minute later for the early 2-goal advantage. Neither team could get much going over the next 60+ minutes of play until Oregon cut the lead in half with a goal from Meghan Schroeder.
Virginia Tech was able to control the ball and run out the clock on the Ducks to preserve the 2-1 national title victory.
The championship is the first for Virginia Tech in any division at the NIRSA National Soccer Championships.
Four Virginia Tech players joined MVP Emily Fitzsimmons on the All-Tournament Team. 3 Oregon players and 4 others from the Pac 12 were also honored.
Women’s Open Championship
Virginia Tech 2, Oregon 1
Women’s Open Division All-Tournament Team
Emily Fitzsimmons, Virginia Tech (MVP)
Catherine McNicol, Virginia Tech (GK)
Kelly Kampfmueller, Virginia Tech
Lesleigh Carter, Virginia Tech
Abby Dolgos, Virginia Tech
Meg Rogers, Oregon
Therese Wichmann, Oregon
Sydney Kobak, Oregon
Caroline Vance, USC
Megan Reilly, USC
Kay Foos, UCLA
Kayla Arjasbi, UCLA
Men’s Consolation Bracket Final
Georgia Tech 3, Colorado 0
Women’s Consolation Bracket Final
Cal Poly 0, Florida 0 (Cal Poly wins 5-3 in PKs)