VT 3, Winthrop 0
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Behind a solid defensive effort, the Virginia Tech men's soccer team earned its first shutout of the 2002 season with a 3-0 victory over Winthrop in a non-conference match played in Rock Hill, S.C. With the win the Hokies improve to 2-1-0 on the year as Winthrop falls to 1-1-0.
Tech's defense held the Eagles to only seven shots in 90 minutes of play. Goalkeepers Chris Davidovicz (Charlotte, N.C.) and Chase Harrison (Huntington, W.Va.) combined for the shutout. Harrison relieved Davidovicz in the 71st minute of the match.
"This was a good road win for the Hokies. I was very happy with our team's defensive effort," head coach Oliver Weiss stated. "All our backs played well. We were able to disrupt their offense and we limited their top scorer (Frank Wakhisi) to only one shot."
Offensively, Tech used a balanced attack as three different players scored in the match. Freshman Peer Rogge (Schleswig, Germany) recorded his first career goal on a free kick from 20-yards out in the 14th minute of play to open the scoring for the Hokies. Senior Eric Prigot (Park Ridge, N.J.) was credited with the assist.
In the 32nd minute, sophomore Bailey Allman (Virginia Beach, Va.), who just entered the game minutes before, headed the ball into the net off a throw-in by junior John Havas (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), giving Tech a 2-0 lead at intermission.
The Hokies finished off the Eagles in the 51st minute as junior co-captain Bobby O'Brien (Williamsburg, Va.) scored compliments of a cross from Ken Jonmaire (East Aurora, N.Y.). O'Brien has scored in all three of Tech's games in 2002.
"Overall, today was a very solid performance," Weiss explained. "We are finding different ways to score. We were able to score off a free kick, throw-in and off a rebound. We were able to get all 18 guys into the game so every one was involved. We were able to grow as a team and hopefully this will help prepare for matches in the future."
The match was the home opener for Winthrop and the two teams played in front of a crowd of 258, which included Tech's women's soccer team. The women's team, which is participating in the Charlotte Classic in Charlotte, N.C., traveled to Rock Hill, S.C. to support their fellow Hokies. They will play in the tournament finale on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against the host Charlotte 49ers.
The men's team returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Boiling Springs, N.C., for a match versus Gardner-Webb at 2 p.m.
Goals by period 1 2 F
Virginia Tech (2-1-0) 2 1 - 3
Winthrop (1-1-0) 0 0 - 0
1. 14:57 VT ROGGE, Peer (PRIGOT, Eric)
2. 31:06 VT ALLMAN, Bailey (HAVAS, John)
3. 50:17 VT O'BRIEN, Bobby (JONMAIRE, Ken; HOWE, Charlie)
Shots: Virginia Tech 11, Winthrop 7
Saves: Virginia Tech 1 (DAVIDOVICZ, Chris 1), Winthrop 5 (WINTON, Steve 5)