Tech Rallies to Defeat James Madison in Overtime
Hokies claim first victory over Dukes since 1987
October 2, 2002

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Freshman Peer Rogge (Schleswig, Germany) scored the game-winning goal in the 108th minute of play leading the Virginia Tech men's soccer team to a 3-2 double-overtime victory over James Madison on Wednesday night. With the win, the Hokies improve to 5-4-1 on the year as James Madison falls to 4-6-0 and has dropped its last six matches.

The Hokies completed the come from behind victory after sophomore Ken Jonmaire (East Aurora, N.Y.) stole the ball from a James Madison defender and found Rogge down field for a breakaway. It is Tech's first victory over the Dukes since 1987.

"Tonight was a great emotional win for our team," head coach Oliver Weiss stated. "We were able to come from behind twice. Our guys hung in there and had a great desire to succeed. I am proud of the team and it's a good win against a team that has dominated the interstate rivalry."

Tech trailed 1-0 at intermission but rallied to tie the score in the 66th minute of play. Jonmaire netted his fourth goal of the season from close range after gathering a pass from senior Eric Prigot (Park Ridge, N.J.). Prigot was credited with the assist, his third of the season.

The Dukes regained the lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation on a goal by James Madison senior Andrew Rutledge, but the Hokies relentless offensive attack, which outshot the Dukes 23-16 on the night, once again rallied.

In the 85th minute a James Madison defender fouled sophomore Bailey Allman (Virginia Beach, Va.) inside the penalty box and the Hokies were rewarded with a penalty kick. Allman connected for his fourth goal of the season sending the game to overtime.

Rogge's breakaway goal came with less than three minutes remaining in the second sudden-victory period and snapped Tech's two-game losing streak.

"Our guys never showed any signs of resignation and were able to fight back," Weiss explained. "This win helped our team build character and will hopefully prepare us for our future matches."

Weiss recognized Jonmaire and Prigot as the Hokies' "Men of the Match" and said, "Jonmaire continues to play well for us up front and Prigot played a key role distributing the ball. This was the most consistent I have ever seen Eric play all season."

Tech will return to action Saturday when the Hokies host the Providence Friars in a BIG EAST match on Moseley Field. Tech enters the match with a five-game unbeaten streak on its home turf. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Goals by Period         1   2  ot  2ot  -   F
Virginia Tech (5-4-1)   0   2   0   1   -   3
James Madison (4-6-0)   1   1   0   0   -   2

1. 26:59 JMU Patrice Filin
2. 65:01 VT Ken Jonmaire (Eric Prigot)
3. 76:54 JMU Andrew Rutledge (Denny Fulk)
4. 84:05 VT Bailey Allman (penalty kick)
5. 107:28 VT Peer Rogge (Ken Jonmaire)

Shots: Virginia Tech 23, James Madison 16
Saves: Virginia Tech 4 (Chase Harrison, 2 GA, 4 Saves); James Madison 10 (Josh Kovolenko, 3 GA, 10 saves)