College Corner by Mike Stancik
(Oct. 17, 2013) – Just a few years ago, Broad Run High School graduate Ellie Zoepfl (2011) was scoring big goals as she helped lead the team to four straight state championships. Even after moving onto Virginia Tech, Zoepfl still has the flair for the dramatic.
In a highly intense match against No. 9 ranked Notre Dame, the No. 10 Virginia Tech women’s soccer team was able to score a victory in the final minutes thanks to a late goal from the former Spartan. In the 87th minute, Zoepfl blasted a crossing pass into the net for the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win.
It was Zoepfl’s first goal of the season and second of her career for the Hokies. Virginia Tech is 11-1-2 on the season, with their only loss coming at the hands of No. 1 North Carolina over a month ago.
Other tidbits in the last week of college sports:
- The James Madison softball team recently wrapped up its fall schedule, and two former LoCo athletes helped guide the Dukes to a 7-1 record. Stone Bridge grad Niki Prince (2013) has quickly found a role on her new team, recording a .304 average with three stolen bases, two RBI, and tied for a team-high of three doubles. Meanwhile, Potomac Falls graduate Heather Kiefer (2011) led all pitchers by throwing 21 innings. She struck out 13 batters and walked just two while allowing just three earned runs. The Dukes will begin their spring season in February.
- The college lacrosse season doesn’t start until Spring, but Stone Bridge graduate Derek Maltz (2011) has already received recognition from his teammates. On Oct. 10, Syracuse lacrosse announced that Maltz will be one of four captains for the Orange this season. The All-Big East performer was second on the team with 32 goals last season, including a late tally that broke a tie with Denver to send Syracuse into the National Championship.
- After highlighting the Kelley sisters in last week’s edition, Broad Run grad Kacey Kelley (2011) added two more goals to her total this season in Coastal Carolina’s 4-1 win over Campbell on Oct. 16. She now has five goals on the season (including four in the last three games), and moved into fifth in school history with 16 career tallies.
- Freedom graduate Sam Scolarici (2011) added another goal to her fantastic season, this time helping Hofstra soccer notch a 1-1 tie against Delaware on Oct. 11. She has now scored on 14 of her 23 shots on net for an incredible 61% rate of success on the year.
- In Elon soccer’s 4-3 victory over Furman on Oct. 13, Loudoun County graduate Olivia Mackey (2010) notched her first goal of the season in brilliant fashion. The former Raider drilled a shot off the post and into the net from 40 yards out, marking her third career goal for the Phoenix. With the win, Elon is now sitting at a solid 8-2-4 record.