Tech, Gardner-Webb Play to Scoreless Tie
Hokies' defense posts second consecutive shutout.
September 8, 2002

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team played to a to a scoreless draw with Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C., on Sunday. The defensive grudge match went to double overtime before the teams were forced to settle for the tie. Tech, playing in its second game on the road in as many days, moves to 2-1-1 on the year and Gardner-Webb stands at 0-3-1.

The game marks the second consecutive shutout for the Hokies' defensive unit, but Tech could not finish on the offensive end.

"I am happy with the fact that we had another shutout defensively, but overall it was a below average performance on our part," head coach Oliver Weiss explained. "We had some very good chances, but we just couldn't finish. Give credit to Gardner-Webb, though. Their goalkeeper was phenomenal tonight."

The Bulldogs' goalkeeper, Rio Oros, played the game of his career, notching nine saves while facing 20 shots. Oros was outstanding, coming out of the net several times to intercept serves, punch away crosses and making save after save under pressure.

Gardner-Webb nearly scored on an own goal by Tech in the first half, but a misplayed ball back to keeper Chris Davidovicz (Charlotte, N.C.) rolled wide and out of bounds, keeping the game tied at zero. The Hokies' good luck faded, however, as later in the first half a shot by sophomore forward Bailey Allman (Virginia Beach, Va.) hit the crossbar, bounced down and was cleared by a Bulldog defender.

The Hokies had a chance to win it in the first overtime, but Oros came through with two clutch saves to preserve the shutout. With a little more than a minute remaining in the first extra frame, Allman launched a shot from close range that Oros knocked down. Sophomore Ken Jonmaire (East Aurora, N.Y.) pounced on the rebound and ripped another shot that Oros again saved.

Gardner-Webb appeared to win it in the second overtime when freshman Brian Young knocked home a goal in the 104th minute off a corner kick. But Young punched the ball in with his hand and was given the mandatory yellow card for the foul, negating the goal.

The Hokies will look to regroup this week and prepare for their next match against nationally-ranked St. John's on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Jamaica, N.Y. It will mark the BIG EAST opener for the Hokies.

Goals by Period        1   2  ot  2ot    F    
Virginia Tech (2-1-1)  0   0   0   0  -  0
Gardner-Webb (0-3-1)   0   0   0   0  -  0