Virginia Tech Ties Georgia State
Hokies and Panthers finish in 2-2 tie
September 14, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team battled Georgia State for 120 minutes on Sunday before settling for a 2-2 double-overtime tie in the final game of the 2003 Virginia Tech Classic. The tie gave the Hokies a 4-1-1 record on the year, while Georgia State went to 5-0-1. The Hokies and Panthers were named co-Champions of the two-day tournament.

Two goals from Hokie junior Ken Jonmaire were not quite enough as the Panthers scored a goal with less then three minutes remaining in regulation to send the match into overtime.

"The outcome was a little disappointing, but this was one of those games you just have to fight through," said Jonmaire, who netted his first two goals of the year. "We needed a big play at the end, and we just couldn't get it. Hopefully we'll learn from this."

The Panthers took control early with a goal at 7:23 for a 1-0 lead. Jamie Hargather headed in a throw-in pass from Tommy Boynton. Boynton lobbed the ball to the left corner of the net, and Hargather slipped the ball past Hokie keeper Chase Harrison, who made four saves on the day. Jonmaire and the Hokies answered, however, at 16:59. Jonmaire received a short pass into the keeper's box from junior Bailey Allman and slammed a shot just inside the left post to knot the score at 1-1.

Jonmaire scored his second goal at 71:54 after an assist from senior Bobby O'Brien. O'Brien made contact and got the ball to Jonmaire in the box. He headed the ball past Panther keeper J. B. Wood for a 2-1 Hokie lead. However, Panther Chris Mahaffey tied the match at 2-2 and sent the match into overtime with a goal at 87:10. The teams battled physically in the two overtime periods as the Hokies held GSU to no shots in the OT periods. The Panthers made three saves, however, to preserve the tie. For the match, the Hokies held a 24-13 shot advantage.

"This was a game where we needed to start off better," said Jonmaire. "We should have come out in the second half and played a lot better. I don't think we did that. In overtime, we have to get good shots off and finish them."

The Hokies will take this week off before traveling to the Dayton Classic on Sept. 19-21. The Hokies will face Dayton on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.