VT 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers Wednesday in overtime in a crucial BIG EAST match, keeping the Hokies' hopes for qualifying for the conference post-season tournament alive. With the win, Tech picked up its first BIG EAST road win and extended its win streak to three games, as the Hokies improved to 8-5-1 on the year and 3-3-0 in conference play. The loss drops the Panthers to 7-5-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the BIG EAST.
Fifteen minutes into the match Pittsburgh freshman Keeyan Young sent a controlled pass to senior Bryan Hopper, who blasted the ball into the lower-left corner of the net, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
Tech rallied to tie the game six minutes into the second half. Freshman Peer Rogge (Schleswig, Germany) slipped a ball through the Panthers' defense to junior Lasse Mertins (Rotenburg, Germany). Mertins capitalized on the opportunity and scored the equalizer in the 52nd minute of play.
Three minutes into the first sudden-victory period, redshirt sophomore Ken Jonmaire (East Aurora, N.Y.), last week's conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week, muscled through the Panther defense and connected with sophomore Bailey Allman (Virginia Beach, Va.), who netted the game-winner on a shot from 18-yards out.
"Our defense did a fantastic job tonight," head coach Oliver Weiss stated. "Overall, we played very disciplined soccer tonight and did a good job following our game plan. This is our first road win in the BIG EAST and it keeps us in the hunt for a tournament berth.
"I have to praise our goalkeeping and defensive awareness," Weiss continued. "Greg Medsker did a great job in the back keeping everyone aligned. Our midfielders, led once again by Lasse Mertins and Eric Prigot, had a great night as well."
Tech became only the second team to score more than one goal against the Panthers this season and the first to do so in 12 matches. Freshman goalkeeper Chase Harrison (Huntington, W.Va.), who made four saves, teamed up with the Hokies' defense to secure Tech's eighth victory of the season.
The Hokies will return to action Sunday afternoon on Moseley Field when they host the Georgetown Hoyas in a BIG EAST match. The contest, scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., is the second game of a conference double-header in which the women's team will kick off the day at 1 p.m., against Syracuse.
Goals by period 1 2 OT F
Virginia Tech (8-5-1, 3-3-0) 0 1 1 - 2
Pittsburgh (7-5-1, 2-4-1) 1 0 0 - 1
1. 31:17 PITT HOPPER, Bryan (YOUNG, Keeyan)
2. 51:25 VT MERTINS, Lasse (ROGGE, Peer)
3. 93:08 VT ALLMAN, Bailey (JONMAIRE, Ken)
Shots: Virginia Tech 10, Pittsburgh 7
Saves: Virginia Tech 4 (HARRISON, Chase 4), Pittsburgh 4 (GAUL, Justin 4)