Hokies Run Past Panthers, 6-0
Virginia Tech secures home field BIG EAST quarterfinal match
October 29, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team put on a goal-scoring show Wednesday, handing the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers a 6-0 defeat. With the win the Hokies secured a home match in the BIG EAST tournament quarterfinals.

Virginia Tech upped its record to 12-4-1 and 6-3-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Panthers fell to 5-11-1 and 2-6-1 in the conference.

The Hokies controlled the ball for a majority of the match and launched 27 shots while holding the Panthers to just six shots and only one on-goal. Virginia Tech got on the board early in the first half on a penalty kick, and then netted five goals in the second half to pull away from Pittsburgh.

Sophomore Peer Rogge gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at 15:03 when he slammed a penalty kick shot to the back right corner of the net. It was his fourth goal of the year and eighth of his career. In the second half, sophomore Greg Roach scored his first two career goals to put his team up 3-0 in the 70th minute. He notched his first goal at 54:47 after a Hokie cross pass ricocheted off a Pittsburgh defender. Roach took the ball out of the air and booted it past Panther keeper Justin Lowery. He scored his second at 69:01 after a pass into the box from teammate Bobby O'Brien. O'Brien recorded his fifth assist on the play, giving him a team-leading 21 points on the year.

Hokie defender and German native Lasse Mertins scored his second goal of the season at 78:29 to give the Hokies a 4-0 advantage. He took a pass from fellow German teammate Peer Rogge and chipped a shot to the back right corner of the net. Freshman Eric Vickers then upped the Hokie lead to 5-0 at 89:45 after a lead pass from fellow frosh Ben Nason. Nason notched his team-leading eighth assist on the scoring play as Vickers tallied his third career goal. With just six seconds remaining, senior reserve player Greg Hermandorfer scored his first career goal, and the Hokies' sixth of the night, after a lead pass from junior Bailey Allman. It was Allman's fifth assist of the season.

Hokie keeper Chase Harrison made one save on the night before giving way to reserve keeper Jeff Graham for the final 6:08. Lowery made two saves and surrendered four goals for Pittsburgh, while Jason Cooke allowed the final two Hokie scores. The Hokies had eight corner kicks and held the Panthers to none.

The Hokies travel to Providence on Sunday, Nov. 2, for their final BIG EAST match at 1 p.m. The Hokies' BIG EAST tournament first round match is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.