Allman's Blast Sends Hokies Past No. 1 Duke
Tech stuns Blue Devils
October 8, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. - Senior forward Bailey Allman's goal against Duke was one for the record book. Not only did his game-winning shot give the men's soccer team its first-ever win over a No. 1 team, it also gave Tech its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference victory. With the 1-0 win, the Hokies improve to 6-5-0 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC. Duke falls to 11-1-0 overall and 3-1 against conference competition.

In the 21st minute, junior Magnus Einarsson took a corner kick for Tech. After playing it into the box, the ball bounced to Allman, who was 18 yards out. Allman rocketed a shot past the Blue Devils' goalkeeper, Justin Trowbridge, for a 1-0 advantage the Hokies would not relinquish.

"We had a game plan to go out and attack them in the first half," said head coach Oliver Weiss. "The shots on goal were pretty even in the half. Of the five shots in the first half, four were on goal for us. We created the chances that were needed to put us up 1-0."

In the first period, Duke outshot Tech 10 to five. The Blue Devils tallied three shots on goal in the opening half. Duke totaled four corner kicks to two for the visitors in the first 45 minutes of action. The Hokies were whistled for four fouls to five for the Blue Devils. Duke's Blake Camp was issued a yellow card in the 28th minute of play.

Starting the second half with a 1-0 lead, Tech's coaching staff knew the Blue Devils would come out and attack in the final period.

"They put some tremendous pressure on us in the second half," said Weiss. "It was a tremendous team effort for us and everyone played their role well. Defender Ian Taylor played extremely well tonight."

For the game, Duke recorded 24 shots to six for Tech. The Hokies amassed four corner kicks to seven for their counterparts. Duke totaled one more foul than Tech. The Hokies' goalkeeper, Chase Harrison, corralled five saves in the win, while Trowbridge stopped three shots in a losing effort.

"Harrison was solid once again. He made two crucial stops in the second half," said Weiss. "It was our first ACC victory, which was important. The pleasing part was that we were able to shut them out. Our mentality is that we want to shut out everyone we play."

Despite the win, Tech's coach is aiming toward higher goals.

"We were fortunate to be in the spot to be able to knock them off," stated Weiss. "Having said that, we have to achieve our goal of being in the NCAA Tournament."

The next step the Hokies attempt to take is Tuesday night, when they play their third home match of the season. Tech hosts High Point at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium.