Hokies Win Dayton Flyer Classic
Freshman Ben Nason named tournament MVP
September 21, 2003

DAYTON, Ohio. - Freshman Ben Nason was named Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic, and the Hokie men's soccer team won the team title after a 2-1 win against IUPUI on Sunday. Three other Hokies were named to the all-tournament team as Virginia Tech improved to 6-1-1 on the year and won its third tournament title of the season.

In Sunday's win, Nason registered assists on both Hokie goals, giving him four for the season, and Ken Jonmaire scored the game-winning goal.

"We showed some character today," said second-year head coach Oliver Weiss. "I have to credit our defense today. We gave a great defensive effort, and Kenny (Jonmaire) had another great game-winning performance."

Jonmaire and Nason earned all-tournament honors along with goalkeeper Chase Harrison and senior Lasse Mertins, who scored the Hokies' other goal in Sunday's win. The Hokies participated in three tournaments this year and claimed the tournament title or share of the title in all three.

The Hokies outshot the Jaguars 19-9 in the match and scored their first goal just five minutes into the game. Mertins redirected Nason's shot at 5:18, and it slipped past Jaguar goalkeeper Drew Deffner for a 1-0 Hokie lead. Jaguar midfielder Mike Sullivan answered for his team at 24:42. Sullivan slammed a shot to the back of the net from 10 yards away to knot the score at 1-1.

The teams battled physically until 85:15 when Jonmaire came through for the Hokies. After a pass from Nason, Jonmaire sent a spinning shot to the top left of the net past Deffner for the win. It was his third goal of the season, tying him for the team lead and giving him 15 for his career.

Virginia Tech will look to go 2-0 in the BIG EAST this Wednesday, Sept. 24th at Georgetown. Kickoff against the Hoyas is scheduled for 3 p.m.