Reed Sparks Hokies to 4-0 Victory Over St. Joseph's
Freshman scores three goals
September 5, 2004

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech freshman Marcus Reed recorded a hat trick Sunday afternoon against St. Joseph's at the James Madison Diadora Classic in Harrisonburg, Va., en route to a 4-0 victory. With the win, the Hokies improve to 2-1 after pitching back-to-back shutouts this weekend at JMU. Tech held Northeastern scoreless in the 2-0 victory Friday evening. The Hawks fall to 0-2 on the year.

David Brown netted his first collegiate goal as he opened the scoring for the Hokies 28:16 into the contest with a header past Chris DiStefano for a 1-0 lead. Charlie Howe was credited with an assist on the play. Just over two minutes later, at the 30:51 mark, Reed struck for his first collegiate score as Ben Nason found him for a chip shot and a 2-0 advantage.

With under a minute to play in the opening half, freshman Brandon Miller found Reed at the top of the box. When Reed received the pass, he faked right and went left past the defender and blasted a shot from 10 yards out, giving Tech a 3-0 lead at the intermission.

In the first half of play, the Hokies out-shot their counterparts 16 to two and totaled seven corner kicks to one for St. Joeseph's.

Tech continued to apply pressure to the Hawks defense in the second half, getting off 13 more shots, seven of which were on goal. Reed finished the scoring at the 79:36 mark off a pass from Ben Nason as he hit a shot from six yards out for the final 4-0 score. Brent Dillie was also credited with an assist on the play.

With the defense playing superbly for the second straight game, Chase Harrison notched another shutout after coming up with three saves on the day.

For the game, the Hokies tallied 29 shots, with 13 on goal to St. Joseph's five shots and three shots on goal. Tech pounded the ball inside, creating 13 corner kicks in the game, while holding the Hawks to one in the contest.

St. Joseph's goalie, DiStefano, recorded nine saves on the day in a losing effort.

The teams combined for 24 fouls but neither team committed an infraction bad enough to warrant a card.

The Hokies are off until Friday evening, when they host the Virginia Tech Classic. The first game of the evening features West Virginia versus Liberty at 5 p.m., while Tech takes the field against James Madison at 8 p.m. in the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.