4 Inside Hokie Sports ATHLETICSANNUALREPORT WOMEN’S SOCCER PUSHES PAST BUCKEYES Tech Women’s Soccer punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons after an impressive 2022 campaign. The Hokies hosted Ohio State in the first round at Thompson Field to kick off head coach Chugger Adair’s 12th trip to NCAA’s as the leader of the program. Emily Gray wasted no time in getting the Hokies on the board, nailing the opening goal early in the first half to give her 12 on the season. After conceding the equalizer early in the second half, Tori Powell jumped the Hokies ahead in the 68th minute on an Emma Pelkowski pass to give the Hokies the 2-1 lead. Finally, Emma Steigerwald came off the bench to clinch the match for Tech with a 3-1 victory, giving the Hokies their first NCAA Tournament win since 2018. Women’s soccer’s season unfortunately ended against No. 7 Arkansas in the following game. MEN’S SOCCER STIFLES CAMPBELL Mike Brizendine’s talented roster earned Virginia Tech Men’s Soccer its sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies squared off against the Big South Champion Campbell Camels in the first round at a rainy Thompson Field on November 18, 2021. Kyle McDowell put Tech on the board first in the 41st minute. Campbell, one of the best goal-scoring teams in the NCAA, knotted the game up at 1-1 eight minutes into the second half. After battling for another 15 minutes, the senior Kahlil Dover struck the game-winner in the 72nd minute to lift the Hokies to a 2-1 victory. Tech moved on to the second round in Morgantown, W.Va., dropping a heartbreaker in penalty kicks to the Mountaineers. postseason competition EXCELSin Continued from page 3 Tech Softball celebrates after defeating Kentucky in Blacksburg Regional. Andonian poses after All-American finish. The Hokies triumphantly smile after sweeping the 2022 ACC Indoor Championships.