Hokies Earn Tie Against North Carolina in Final Spring Match
Tech closes spring ball undefeated
May 1, 2002

ROANOKE, Va. - In its final spring contest of the year, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team tied the defending NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels, 1-1, at Green Hill Park in Roanoke, Va., before a crowd of 500.

Both teams began the game tentatively. The Tar Heels got their first scoring chance five minutes into the contest when forward Marcus Storey broke through the right side of the defense. Tech goalie Chris Davidovicz (Charlotte, N.C.), made his first of many quality saves when he smothered the ball underneath Storey's feet. After the initial Carolina scoring chance, both teams' defenses settled down, limiting the opposition to only a few scoring chances the rest of the half. The Hokies' best scoring opportunity came when John Havas (Mechanicsburg, Va.) came down the right side and served a nicely-placed cross in front of the UNC goal that Bobby O'Brien (Williamsburg, Va.) just missed converting.

The pace of the game picked up after halftime, with each team taking more chances to attack. The Hokies broke the scoreless tie when Keith Benderoth's (Woodbridge, Va.) corner was cleared short and Eric Prigot (Park Ridge, N.J.) picked up the ball at the top of the box and blasted it home in the right bottom corner of the Carolina net. However, the Tech lead would be short lived. Just three minutes later, the Hokies had trouble clearing a UNC corner and the Tar Heel's Ryan Kneipper chested the ball across the goal line to tie the score.

Carolina had the majority of the possession in the game, but a defense led by Greg Medsker (Fredericksburg, Va.) held up well and defended with poise throughout. Michael Piranian (Lexington, Va.) and Benderoth also earned praise for their defensive play.

"I think the game with UNC today reiterated our team's resilience and determination to play hard, smart and stay organized through an entire game against a very good opponent," Coach Oliver Weiss said. "We have much work ahead of us, but if we continue to work hard and concentrate in practice we can set our goals high for the fall."

The Hokies closed the spring with a 2-0-3 overall record and head into the summer with great hopes and confidence to build on last year's impressive 11-6-2 record and BIG EAST Tournament experience.