Murielle Tiernan and Her Huge Ceiling


Dec 6, 2013; Cary, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles goalkeeper Kelsey Wys (19) clears the ball as Virginia Tech Hokies forward Murielle Tiernan (20) tries to block in the second half. The Seminoles defeated the Hokies 3-2 at WakeMed Soccer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Last fall, the Virginia Tech Hokies’ women’s soccer team was one of the best in the nation and seemed ready to make a run to the Women’s College Cup. The Hokies were able to do exactly that and while they were unable to get past Florida State in the semifinal game, the Hokies proved that they were going to be a national title contender beyond 2013.

The Hokies had two players who each scored 11 goals and 5 assists at striker in Jazmin Reeves and Murielle Tiernan. Reeves was the star of the team as she would be named to the NSCAA All-American First Team on top of being named to the All-ACC First Team. Reeves was also a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy which is awarded to the national player of the year though Reeves would not become a finalist.

Now, Reeves has graduated and Tiernan will get her chance to be the star.

As shown by the previously noted 11 goals and 5 assists, Murielle Tiernan proved herself last season with a very strong season and now that Reeves has gone, the 5-11 forward from Ashburn, Virginia will be the main forward. One thing that showed Tiernan’s star potential was the fact that she had 5 game-winning goals last season which tied Katie Yensen for the team lead so she is definitely a clutch player.

Tiernan will only be a sophomore and she clearly has not yet reached the peak of her potential just yet. For every other women’s soccer program, especially those in the ACC, Tiernan is a player that terrifies them while Hokie fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about her. Murielle Tiernan is one of the many talented players returning for the Hokies on a team that is definitely a contender to win the women’s soccer national title.