Howe Leads Hokies Past Syracuse
Sophomore notches three assists and a goal
October 5, 2003

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sophomore Charlie Howe had three assists and a goal Sunday to lead the visiting Virginia Tech men's soccer team past BIG EAST foe Syracuse 5-1. Howe, who had three assists all of last year, helped the Hokies improve to 8-2-1 and 3-1-0 in the BIG EAST. Syracuse dropped to 2-6-3 and 0-3-2 in the league.

Head coach Oliver Weiss was especially proud of his team's execution and finishing ability on Sunday. Four of the Hokie goals came off headers.

"We had tremendous team discipline today, and we executed our game plan to perfection. This win will keep us in the hunt in the BIG EAST," said Weiss.

The Hokies led 2-0 at halftime as junior Ken Jonmaire and freshman Scott Spangler each scored their fourth goals of the year. Jonmaire gave the Hokies a quick lead with a goal just three minutes into the match. Howe and senior Harold Russell got the assists on the play. Spangler then knocked in a header, after a cross pass from sophomore Peer Rogge, at 34:45. It was Rogge's first assist in 2003.

The Orangemen crept to within one goal at 50:55 when Frank Bruno deceived Hokie keeper Chase Harrison on a penalty kick. However, the Hokies then took advantage of Syracuse's aggressive plan by exploiting the Orangemen's defense. Virginia Tech added three goals after the 80-minute mark to seal the win.

"We relied on our character, and we waited for our chances today," said Weiss. "Charlie Howe was the man of the match today. He was extraordinary."

Rogge scored a goal at 81:34 after a lob pass from Howe. Howe then netted his goal at 85:20 after an assist from junior Bailey Allman. Senior Bobby O'Brien closed the scoring at 86:09 after Howe's third assist. The Hokies were efficient in the match as they only had 10 shots but converted five of them. Syracuse had nine shots, and Harrison made five saves.

The Hokies return home on Wednesday, Oct. 8, as they host BIG EAST rival Connecticut at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.