Hokies Upended By Connecticut
Virginia Tech drops to 3-2 in the BIG EAST
October 8, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Despite controlling the tempo and the stats Wednesday night, the 16th-ranked Virginia Tech men's soccer team was upended by BIG EAST foe Connecticut, 2-0. The Hokies fell to 8-3-1 overall and 3-2-0 in the league, while the Huskies improved to 5-4-2 and 3-1-2 in the conference.

The Hokies held decisive advantages in shots and corner kicks, but the Huskies proved to be very efficient, finally breaking through late in the second half to defeat the host Hokies. Virginia Tech had 20 shots on the night but could never find a solid opening in the Huskie defense, finishing with four shots-on-goal. The Hokies also had seven corner kicks, including six in the second half, to just one for Connecticut.

The teams battled to a scoreless stalemate in the first half. The Hokie defense controlled the ball, holding the Huskies to just one shot - a header from the middle of the box. The Hokie offense produced 12 shots, as it worked to keep the ball on the UConn side of the field most of the half.

However, in the second half, the Huskies began to create more chances for themselves, finally grabbing a 1-0 lead at 77:13. Glen Carnahan headed in a free ball after a scramble in front of the Hokie net. Several Hokie players attempted to clear it, but Carnahan sneaked in to slip a shot past Hokie keeper Chase Harrison.

Virginia Tech made a valiant effort late in the match to tie, but the Hokies' chances were thwarted. With just 29 second left, UConn's Stanley Ford broke past the Hokie defense and slammed a shot to the right post that evaded Harrison for the Huskies' final goal.

Adam Schuerman stopped four shots for the Huskies, while Harrison came up with two saves for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech stays in the conference for its next match, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Boston College.