When Lauren Luttrell first tried out to be a kicker for the Virginia Tech football team last fall, it was a way for her to appease her boss at Famous Dave's Barbeque in Fredericksburg, Va. But by the time her second tryout arrived Saturday morning, Luttrell was so determined to make the squad that she would set up trash cans and a band director's staircase as a makeshift goal post in order to practice. Despite her best efforts, Luttrell's quest to become the first female place kicker in Virginia Tech school history fell short during a 10-person walk-on tryout Saturday on Virginia Tech's practice field. The freshman said she made seven of her eight field goals, but the coaching staff was looking for more power out of her kicks. Luttrell made her first four attempts off a tee to make it through the first round of the competition along with six others, but missed a 35-yard field goal from the left hash in the next round that ultimately eliminated her from contention. Three kickers will move on to today's practice for a final round of tryouts, where they will kick against live defenders. "It was awesome," Luttrell said in a telephone interview shortly after the tryout ended. "After [coach Frank Beamer] didn't call my number for the third round, I just smiled. I was not disappointed in myself. I know what happened. I wished I had more power. When I went out in the fall, people would comment on it, 'Yeah, but she'll never beat a guy.' Well, I beat three. It's a big self-esteem booster knowing I tried so hard." The 5-foot-9 Luttrell was a four-sport star at Spotsylvania (Va.) High when an assistant football coach noticed her kicking a soccer ball one day in 2010 and asked her to come out for the football team. With the Knights, she kicked 11 extra points and went 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts as a senior.