Hokies Fall To Georgetown In Overtime
Virginia Tech victimized by Hoya goal in the 96th minute
September 24, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team controlled just about every aspect of its match at Georgetown Wednesday - except the final score.

The homestanding Hoyas broke a 1-1 stalemate in the 96th minute during the first overtime to hand the visiting Hokies a 2-1 BIG EAST loss. The Hokies fell to 6-2-1 on the year and 1-1-0 in the league. The Hoyas upped their record to 3-3-2 and 1-2-0 in the BIG EAST.

Virginia Tech dominated the tempo for most of the match, but head coach Oliver Weiss admitted it was his team's inability to finish their scoring chances that ultimately led to the setback.

"Overall, we certainly did everything right. We created great scoring chances, everybody on the field worked extremely hard, but we just didn't have any finishing power," he said. "Georgetown deserved to win. We simply lost this game because we didn't finish our chances."

Neither team could slip a shot past the opposing goalkeeper until 76:37 when Georgetown's Dan Pydo lifted the Hoyas to a 1-0 lead with a rebound shot that escaped the outstretched hands of Hokie keeper Chase Harrison. Pydo's first shot was saved from the back of the net, but he put the second try in. The Hoyas seemed ready to celebrate the win, but Hokie midfielder Scott Spangler made them forget their joy. After assists from freshman Brent Dillie and senior Bobby O'Brien, Spangler netted his second goal of the year to tie the match at 1-1 with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. However, Pydo notched the game-winning goal, his second goal of the match, at 95:39.

The Hokies, who came into the match leading the league in shots per match, held the advantage in shots 24-17, and 11 Hokie shots were on-goal. The Hokies also had a 12-6 advantage in corner kicks.

"The result was disappointing, but we just have to come home and get ready for Rutgers," said Weiss.

The Hokies host the Scarlet Knights on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The match follows the Hokie women's match with Connecticut.