Men's Soccer Hosts Virginia Tech Classic
Weekly notes for Sept. 10-17
September 10, 2003 THIS WEEK IN HOKIE MEN'S SOCCER: Friday, Sept. 12 - Hokies host Appalachian State, Moseley Field, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 - Hokies host Georgia State, Moseley Field, 2:30 p.m. FIRST-EVER VIRGINIA TECH CLASSIC: Virginia Tech will host its first-ever tournament, the Virginia Tech Classic, beginning on Friday, Sept. 12. Appalachian State, Georgia State and Radford will be participating. Georgia State faces Radford on Friday at 5:30 p.m., while the Highlanders and Appalachian State play on Sunday at noon. SERIES RESULTS: The Hokies have never faced Georgia State. Virginia Tech leads the series with Appalachian State 10-2-1. The series began in 1982 SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: * The Appalachian State Mountaineers are 1-1-1 heading into the tournament. They lost to George Mason and defeated James Madison at the George Mason tournament. Seven starters returned to a Mountaineer team that went 13-5-1 in 2002 under Paul Stahlschmidt. * The Georgia State Panthers are undefeated going into this weekend's tournament. The Panthers are 4-0 with wins over Appalachian State, Wofford, Lipscomb and Belmont. Karem Daser is in his fourth season as the head coach and led the Panthers to a 7-10-1 record in 2002. HOKIE NOTES: Virginia Tech has taken a quick lead in the BIG EAST with its win over Villanova. The Hokies are 3-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the league. The Hokies are in a period of their schedule right now where they are playing no mid-week matches. After this weekend's tournament, the Hokies are idle until Sept. 19 when they play at the Dayton Classic. ALMOST HAD IT: Virginia Tech faced its most formidable opponent last Friday in Wake Forest. The Deacons came into the match ranked third in the nation by the NSCAA, but the Hokies held their ground before finally dropping a 1-0 decision. Only allowing the one goal was huge for the Hokies, as Wake Forest had previously handed fifth-ranked St. Johns a 3-1 defeat and 10th ranked Connecticut a 2-0 loss. HE'S GETTING WARMER: While he didn't record any stats in the last two matches, senior Bobby O'Brien is still getting close to putting his name on several career statistics charts. The Williamsburg, Va., native needs just three goals to move into eighth place in career goals and needs five assists to move into ninth on that chart. He needs only eight points to move into a tie for 10th on that chart. SOMETIMES YOU ONLY NEED ONE: Sophomore Peer Rogge scored a goal in the ninth minute at Villanova last Sunday and the Hokie defense made his score hold up as Virginia Tech beat the Wildcats 1-0. Rogge's goal was his first of the 2003 season. Rogge was a highly touted freshman last season who produced four goals and eight assists. HE'S BACK: Redshirt junior Ken Jonmaire happily returned to the Hokie lineup for the Wake Forest match. Jonmaire didn't start but saw action in the match. He had been sidelined with a nagging injury and did not play in the opening weekend tournament at Radford. Jonmaire led the Hokies with 22 points in 2002. IN THE STATS: Sophomore transfer Dustin Dyer recorded his first career assist as a Hokie in the win at Villanova. Dyer transferred in January after playing one season at Christopher Newport. At CNU, Dyer notched five assists last year. SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: The Hokies have been successful so far in matches not played at Moseley Field. Virginia Tech is 1-0 on the road and 2-0 in neutral site matches. UP NEXT: The Hokies travel to Dayton, Ohio, for the University of Dayton Classic on Sept. 19-21. The Hokies play Dayton on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech battles IUPUI on Sunday, Sept. 21, at noon.