[VIRGINIA TECH-NOTRE DAME: Women]
Second-half goals from Anna Maria Gilbertson
carried No. 16 Notre Dame to a 2-0 win at No. 3 Virginia Tech on Thursday night, the first ACC win for new Irish coach Theresa Romagnolo
loss was the Hokies' first defeat of the season after 10 wins and left Virginia and Texas Tech as the only unbeaten and untied teams in the Women's Top 25.
Notre Dame, which got
five saves from keeper Kaela Little
in the win, avenged a pair of one-goal losses to Virginia Tech at Thompson Field during its debut 2013 season in the ACC.
“It feels great to get the win,” Romagnolo said. “I think they definitely created a positive memory here. I thought we were organized and got good pressure on the
ball, we tracked players well into the box, and for the most part we denied a lot of services. Our keeper also made a lot of great saves.”
Virginia Tech finished the contest
with a 15-9 edge in total shots, but Notre Dame limited the Hokies to only five shots on frame.
“Any time there is that much shooting from distance, that is pretty predictable for
our goalkeepers,” Romagnolo said. “At the end, they did have a couple good opportunities and we made some big saves. We need to continue, even at the end of games, to deny shots like we
did the rest of the game.”