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Va. Tech women's soccer falls in NCAAs

The Virginia Tech women's soccer team's run in the NCAA tournament ended on Friday.

The third-seeded Hokies were blasted, 4-1, by second-seeded Portland in the Round of 16 in Oregon, ending the program's strongest post-season bid. Portland will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals.

While Virginia Tech picked up its first victories in the NCAA tournament in advancing as far as it did, it was unable to join the three teams from Atlantic Coast Conference to advance to the quarterfinals. Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest all moved on with wins in their respective games.

Portland's powerful offense overwhelmed the Hokies, who fell behind by 4-1 at halftime. Forward Julian Johnson scored Virginia Tech's lone goal, with an assist from forward Robin Chidester.

Coach Kelly Cagle has helped to change the culture of the women's soccer program at Virginia Tech. When she came to Blacksburg in 2003, she said, Virginia Tech did not have high standards in women’s soccer.

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
 
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