Tech's Defense Shuts Down Coastal Carolina
Hokies blank Chanticleers, 2-0
October 3, 2004

CLEMSON, S.C. - Virginia Tech's Kevin Edwards scored the game-winning goal at the 24:38 mark of the first half and Ben Nason added an insurance goal in the 77th minute to secure the 2-0 victory over No. 23 Coastal Carolina in the final day of the Clemson Nike Classic. With the win, the Hokies improve to 5-5 on the season. The Chanticleers have dropped three of their last four games and their record is now 7-3 overall.

Senior Bailey Allman served the ball into the box on a corner kick, where Brandon Miller headed it to Edwards. Edwards promptly put it past Coastal Carolina's goalkeeper, Aaron Weant, for a 1-0 advantage. Allman and Miller were each credited with an assist on the play. Tech would take the 1-0 lead into the intermission.

With under 14 minutes of action left in the game, David Brown stole the ball from a Chanticleer defender. Brown then found a streaking Nason and played the ball through to him. Nason then blasted a shot from 12 yards out, beating Weant to the near post to give the Hokies a 2-0 cushion they would not relinquish.

"We were able to execute our game plan and improved from a tough Atlantic Coast Conference loss on Friday night," said assistant coach John Sexton. "Defensively, everyone played extremely well. Chase Harrison made a huge save off a free kick in the second half."

Tech's defense limited Coastal Carolina to five shots on goal. The Hokies were called for nine fouls in the contest, while the Chanticleers were whistled for 14. Harrison recorded five saves in the game. Weant tallied six in the losing effort.

Coastal Carolina totaled 16 shots to 13 for Tech. The Chanticleers also had four more corner kicks than the Hokies.

Tech leads the all-time series against Coastal Carolina, 2-1-0. Before today, the teams last met in 1988, with the Hokies winning 5-2.

Tech travels to Durham, N.C., on Friday to visit Duke in a 7 p.m. ACC contest.