Hokies Upset 10th-Ranked Rutgers
Peer Rogge scores game-winning goal in the 98th minute
September 28, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - For the second weekend in a row, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team upset a nationally ranked opponent, and on Sunday, it was especially sweet.

The Hokies handed 10th-ranked Rutgers its first BIG EAST loss and rebounded from a disappointing loss to Georgetown with a 2-1 overtime win against the Scarlet Knights. The Hokies, who defeated #22 Dayton last Friday, improved to 7-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 in the league. Rutgers fell to 5-2-0 and 3-1-0 in the BIG EAST.

Sophomore Peer Rogge provided the excitement in the 98th minute as he scored the game-winning goal after an assist from senior Bobby O'Brien. Rogge smashed a short shot from the right side of the keeper's box at 98:55, and it sailed to the left corner in the back of the net for the victory. Rogge's second goal of the season ignited the bench and the vocal crowd on hand into a joyous frenzy.

The Hokies got another solid performance from sophomore keeper Chase Harrison, who made six saves, including one in overtime. The Hokies were out shot 14-11.

Virginia Tech grabbed an early 1-0 lead as freshman Scott Spangler knocked in his third goal of the season on a header play at 26:48. Freshman Brent Dillie sent a shot into the box from the right side, and Spangler redirected it past Scarlet Knight keeper Scott Conway. However, Rutgers answered just six minutes later as Brian Johnson slipped a shot past Harrison to tie the match at 1-1. Harrison attempted to save another shot and couldn't control the ball. Johnson picked up the rebound and sent it to the back of the net.

The teams played what amounted to an even match throughout the remainder of regulation. Both teams tallied five corner kicks, including four each in the second half. Rutgers held a slight three-shot advantage in the second period.

The Hokies' next action has them scheduled for a 1 p.m. match at Syracuse on Oct. 5.