Hokies Perform Well In First Scrimmage
Allman, Said notch goals in 2-0 win against High Point
August 23, 2003

HIGH POINT, N.C. - If Saturday night's soccer scrimmage at High Point University was an indication of what's in store for the Virginia Tech men's team this season, then second-year head coach Oliver Weiss will have plenty to smile about this year.

The Hokies scored a goal in each half of the 90-minute tune-up match, and sophomore goalkeeper Chase Harrison (Huntingdon, W.Va.) recorded a shutout as the Hokies handed the host Panthers a 2-0 defeat in an exhibition match.

The Hokies wasted little time in taking a 1-0 lead. Junior Bailey Allman (Virginia Beach, Va.) notched the Hokies first goal just 4:27 into the match after an assist from fellow second-year midfielder Charlie Howe (Mechanicsville, Va.). Allman is coming off a productive 2002 season when he scored five goals and added three assists. Howe, meanwhile, picked up where he left off last year when he tallied three assists.

The Panthers were able to hold the Hokies in check for the remainder of the first half as Virginia Tech out shot High Point 7-3 in the first period. In the second half, the teams battled through the 85-degree heat until the 79th minute when Hokie freshman midfielder Mohamed Said (Alexandria, Va.) gave the Hokies their second goal. Said was awarded a penalty kick after a Panther foul in the keeper's box and put the ball in the back of the net past Panther reserve keeper Chris Michener.

Harrison made five saves in recording the shutout. He faced 11 Panther shots, and five of them were on-goal. The Hokies generated 12 shots for the match, with sophomore Peer Rogge (Schleswig, Germany) leading the offense with three shots-on-goal. Senior forward Bobby O'Brien (Williamsburg, Va.) had two shots-on-goal.

Virginia Tech will continue practice this week before beginning its 2003 schedule on Friday, Aug. 29. The Hokies will make the short trek to Radford to play Delaware in the Radford Tournament at 4:30 p.m., then are scheduled to face Mercer University at noon on Sunday, Aug. 31 in Radford. The team opens up its home schedule and the new stadium on Sept. 5th against Wake Forest at 7 p.m.