Notre Dame Beats Hokies In Overtime
Scott Spangler scores off Ben Nason's assist
October 25, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team dropped a tough-luck 2-1 overtime match to BIG EAST foe Notre Dame on Saturday night. The Irish capitalized in the 97th minute on a breakaway goal to hand the Hokies just their fourth loss of the season.

Virginia Tech, ranked 18th this week, fell to 11-4-1 and 5-3-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Fighting Irish, ranked 15th, improved to 10-3-3 and 5-3-1 in the league.

In what turned out to be an energy-draining match, the Irish out shot the Hokies 16-11, but Hokie keeper Chase Harrison came up with diving saves time-after-time in the second half as the Irish kept the pressure on the Hokies' defense. Harrison made nine saves on the night, including eight after halftime. Harrison came out to the top left side of the box attempting to retrieve the ball at 96:01, but Notre Dame's Justin Detter got to the ball first and lobbed it over Harrison for the game-winning goal.

Detter gave the Irish a quick 1-0 lead at 6:40 with his first goal of the night, but the Hokies erased the deficit almost as quick. At 10:49, freshman Ben Nason dribbled around his defender near the right side end line. He lobbed a pass to a charging Scott Spangler, who then redirected the ball to the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Of the Hokies' 11 shots, Spangler and Nason each had three. Detter led the Irish with six shots. Chris Sawyer made eight saves for Notre Dame.

The Hokies will take a few days off before returning to action on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Pittsburgh Panthers visit the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium for a conference match scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m.