Hokies Defeat Delaware 2-0
Tech takes control in the second half to begin season 1-0
August 29, 2003

RADFORD, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team may have started out somewhat sluggish Friday night in their season opener against Delaware in the Radford Highlander Classic, but it didn't take long in the final half to get the offense in gear. The Hokies took control and handed the Blue Hens a 2-0 defeat to begin the year 1-0.

The Hokies and Blue Hens battled to a scoreless stalemate in a first half dominated by defense, but the Hokies generated 15 shots in the second half and held Delaware to just two. Freshman Ben Nason (Stafford, Va.) knew the team would rebound after the first 45 minutes.

"At halftime, coach just said you guys need to get your heads in it. It was the first game, and I think we just needed to pick it up a bit," said Nason, who recorded his first career assist in the match. "In the second half, I think everybody was hustling around, and that really helped us."

The Hokies netted the game's first goal at 63:53 as junior forward Bailey Allman (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored an unassisted goal from the left side of the net. Allman found himself with possession of the ball and sliced a 10-yard shot past Blue Hen goalkeeper Kyle Haynes for his seventh career goal. Less than two minutes later, at 65:31, senior Bobby O'Brien (Williamsburg, Va.) got a short pass from Nason after a ballhandling mistake by a Blue Hen defender and was left all alone in front of the Delaware goal. O'Brien made his shot count to give the Hokies a 2-0 lead on his 15th career goal.

"Their guy made a poor pass back. I recognized it, so we pushed up the team and got a lucky bounce on it," said Nason. "Bobby finished it calm and collective as usual."

Freshman Brent Dillie (Pittsburgh, Pa.), starting his first career match, echoed his fellow freshman's statements about the team's overall performance.

"We started a little slow, but we really stepped up the work ethic in the second half," he said. "You get a lot of chances early in the season, but sometimes it's hard to put them away. We'll get that with practice, and we'll work on that."

Sophomore goalkeeper Chase Harrison (Huntington, W. Va.) notched his third career shutout with two saves. Harrison also made several unofficial saves on Blue Hen crossing pass attempts. For the match, Virginia Tech outshot Delaware 17-4 and had six corner kicks.

The Hokies take Saturday off before battling Mercer University at noon on Sunday on the final day of the Highlander Classic.