Hokies Knock Off Appalachian State 2-0
Virginia Tech scores second goal with just two seconds left
September 12, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team improved to 4-1-0 overall in 2003 with a 2-0 win over Appalachian State Friday night on the first night of the inaugural Virginia Tech Classic. Earlier in the evening, Georgia State downed Radford 2-0.

The Mountaineers proved to be one of the Hokies' toughest opponents to date as both teams played a physical match with no goals until the second half. Determined to defend its home field, Virginia Tech finally broke the stalemate at 79:03 with a goal from freshman Scott Spangler. Spangler's goal, the first of his career, came after an assist from redshirt junior Ken Jonmaire. It was Jonmaire's seventh career assist, and it elevated his career point total to 31.

The teams ferociously battled until nearly the end of the match. However, Virginia Tech's Eric Vickers slipped a shot past Mountaineer keeper Philip Cavicchia with just two seconds left in the match. Vickers was assisted by freshman Ben Nason on the play, securing the Hokies' two-goal victory. Appalachian dropped to 1-3-1 on the year.

"Appalachian State was probably not very far behind Wake Forest in terms of strength of competition," said Hokie head coach Oliver Weiss. "The key was keep staying positive and believing that eventually good things will happen, and it did - all the way up until the last second of the match. You have to give credit to our guys because they kept on doing what they had been doing. They followed the game plan to perfection."

Virginia Tech pounded the Mountaineer nets with 30 shots during the match, while Cavicchia thwarted 11 shots-on-goal. Hokie keeper Chase Harrison made three saves as the Mountaineers generated 14 total shots and three shots-on-goal. The Hokies held an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Senior Bobby O'Brien led the Hokies with six shots, while Mountaineer forward Keon McPherson led his team with four.

The Hokies wrap up the tournament on Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. match against Georgia State. Radford is scheduled to kick off against Appalachian State at noon.