Hokies Edge Villanova 1-0
    Virginia Tech starts conference play with a win
    September 7, 2003

    VILLANOVA, Pa. - An outstanding defensive effort and a goal by sophomore Peer Rogge lifted the Virginia Tech men's soccer team to a 1-0 road win at Villanova Sunday. The win gave the Hokies a 1-0 start in the BIG EAST and a 3-1 overall record, while the Wildcats fell to 0-2 in the league and 1-3 overall.

    "We played very well today. Villanova is a tough team, and they really fought us hard for 90 minutes," said second-year head coach Oliver Weiss as he witnessed his team gain three points in the BIG EAST standings. "Anytime you can go on the road and get three points, it's outstanding."

    The Hokies outshot the Wildcats 18-9 but only needed Rogge's first-half goal to seal the win. Rogge netted his first goal of the year at 8:18 as he headed in teammate Dustin Dyer's 40-yard free kick. Dyer notched his first career assist on the play. After that, the defense, led by seniors Lasse Mertins and Harold Russell, kept the Wildcats from prowling too close to the Hokies' goal.

    "Harold and Lasse were the men of the match today," said Weiss. "They thwarted a lot of chances for Villanova, especially in the last 15 minutes when they really started to pound us pretty hard."

    Sophomore goalkeeper Chase Harrison also did his part to preserve the shutout, making four saves. Harrison, who tallied his second shutout of the year, lowered his goals against average to a miniscule 0.50. The Hokies had nine shots in each half and also edged the Wildcats in corner kicks 6-3. Rogge led the Hokies with five shots, while junior Bailey Allman had four.

    Virginia Tech returns home this week to host the Virginia Tech Classic tournament Friday and Sunday. The Hokies are scheduled to battle Appalachian State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Moseley Field, while Radford and Georgia State open the tournament Friday at 5 p.m. The Hokies play Georgia State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., while Radford will square off against Appalachian State at noon.

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